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Gen. John R. Allen
NATO: 77 personnel injured after Taliban hit Afghan coalition base
By the CNN Wire Staff
September 11, 2011 12:08 p.m. EDT
(CNN) — At least two Afghan civilians are dead and as many as 77 NATO personnel were injured after Taliban militants struck a coalition base in Afghanistan, officials said.
The injured troops were “mostly” Americans, a U.S. defense official said Sunday.
The incident occurred Saturday, the eve of the 10th anniversary of al Qaeda’s attack on the United States on 9/11.
The truck bombing took place in the central-east province of Wardak, and those killed were Afghan laborers, said Shahidullah Shahid, the Wardak governor’s spokesman.
“This attack was a high-profile attack. It was a pretty significant suicide vehicle bomb,” Gen. John R. Allen, commander of coalition and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux Sunday.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force confirmed the attack was carried out by a Taliban suicide bomber.
Allen said the attack indicates “much more what the Taliban are unable to do” than what they are able to do.