February 27th, 2012
12:08 AM ET

Car bomb attack near NATO base in Afghanistan kills 9, authorities say

Authorities say a suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives Monday near a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force base at Jalalabad airport in eastern Afghanistan, an attack that follows a week of deadly violence spurred by the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base.

At least nine people were killed and 12 wounded in the early morning explosion near the airport's front gate, Gen. Abdullah Hazim Stanikzai, the provincial police chief, said.

There were no reports of ISAF casualties, Air Force Capt. Justin Brockhoff, an ISAF spokesman, said.

Authorities could not immediately confirm whether the attack was motivated by the burning of the Muslim holy book.

U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have apologized for the burning and called it inadvertent. A military official - speaking on condition of anonymity, given the sensitivity of the issue - said the materials were from a detainee center's library and had "inscriptions" that appeared to be used to "facilitate extremist communications."

Such statements, or explanations, haven't stopped protests from Muslims in Afghanistan, who believe the Quran is the word of God.

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  1. BROOK

    People always say I babble.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. high hopes

    Time to pull our troops. 11 years hasn't accomplished much... besides, we got what we went for: Bin Laden!

    Let them live under Sharia law. Until the people stand up against their own criminals, we're fighting a loosing battle ie. You can't save those bent on destroying themselves.

    Set OUR young men free!

    February 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    Agree with high hopes: These people and countries are un-educated, brainwashed, servants to a religion that preaches kill one another! Sooooo, let them do it! WE are not going to change them, they have to kill each other off, or see the light.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |