Taliban kill 8 Afghan guards working at U.S. base

Gunmen have killed eight Afghan guards working at the largest American base in Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday, as the U.S. appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.

The boy was captured on a motorcycle near the first gate of the largest USA military base in Afghanistan around 9 a.m. with a suicide vest and hand grenades, Quddusi said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group had carried out the attack, which occurred about an hour before midnight on Monday in a village near the base. The Taliban are stepping up nationwide attacks and the Islamic State group are making inroads into the war-torn country.

Mr Shahkar said the shooting is being investigated further.

"I offer our deepest condolences to the families, and friends of these courageous Afghan citizens", Brigadier General Patrick Donahoe, U.S. commander of Bagram Airfield, said in a statement.

The guards were on their way to work on Monday night when their van came under fire in the Shaka area near the base, Quddusi said.

And at least seven other people were killed and around 100 injured on June 3 after three suicide bombers detonated their explosives at the funeral of one of the protesters.

Two other Afghan guards were wounded, he added.

"We are in discussion with our people and soon will inform you on our decision", the protesters' written statement said.

Protesters had set up eight tents around Kabul after the clashes between protesters and security forces.

This photo taken on Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017, shows a military truck and containers blocking the main road to presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

  • Leroy Wright