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Car bomb hits NATO base in Afghan Helmand province


08:24, June 07, 2013

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, June 6 (Xinhua) -- A suicide car bomb went off near a NATO base in Naw Zad district in southern Afghan province of Helmand on Thursday evening, causing casualties, said an official.

"A militant rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the gate of the foreign forces' military base in Anzar Shali area of Naw Zad district at around 5 p.m. local time, causing casualties," the district administrative chief, Seyad Murad, told Xinhua.

Murad said that a joint team has launched an investigation into the incident and details will be released afterward.

Meanwhile, a provincial police official told Xinhua anonymously that the blast killed three Georgian soldiers of the coalition and injuring six other Georgian troops.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban purported spokesman, has claimed the responsibility for the incident.

He told local media that a Taliban member named Abdul Ghafar carried out the bombing, inflicting huge casualties on foreign soldiers.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group launched an annual offensive in late April against Afghan government forces and about 100,000 NATO-led troops stationed in the country.

On May 13, three Georgian soldiers were killed in a similar attack in Helmand province 555 km south of Afghan capital Kabul.

Nearly 900 Georgian soldiers have been serving within the framework of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the war-hit country.

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