A suicide attack this morning on a military base in eastern Afghanistan,killed five NATO soldiers and four Afghans. The attack is the bloodiest in recent months against foreign forces, after a quiet period that coincided with the harsh Afghan winter. The action has already been claimed by a Taliban spokesman, who identified the attacker as a "sleeper agent" who would be in the ranks of the Army for at least a month. An indication that the Afghan military leaders deny, saying the bomber was wearing a military uniform but was not a soldier. According to military sources , the attack occurred around 07h30 local , when the man approached one of the gates Gambiri Advanced Base on the outskirts of Jalalabad, and no one has noticed, detonated the explosives. ISAF, the international force under NATO command confirmed the deaths of five of its soldiers, without disclosing the nationalities. The Afghan Defense Ministry revealed that after "four Afghan soldiers were killed and eight wounded, including four translators.
The target is a newly built base in a remote area between the provinces of Laghman and Nangarhar, sheltering for months since a new unit of the Afghan army. One of the largest military installations in the East, a region where in recent years have witnessed an increase in Taliban activity. The day before, another bomber wearing a military uniform eluded security and entered the police headquarters in Kandahar. When detonated the explosives he was carrying killed the provincial police commander, Khan Mohammad Mujahid, who already escaped several assassination attempts.