A truck bombing at an American base in eastern Afghanistan late Saturday killed two Afghan civilians — one of them a 3-year-old girl — and wounded nearly 80 U.S. military personnel, The Associated Press reports.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility.
"The blast ... shaved the facades from shops outside the Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province and broke windows in government offices nearby, said Roshana Wardak, a former parliamentarian who runs a clinic in the nearby town of the same name."
Voice of America adds that "the attack came hours after the Taliban lashed out at Washington, calling the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan that followed the September 11 terrorist attacks 'a permanent stigma on the face of Western democracy.' "