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.
According to the AP:
"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.' "