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Explosive Device Detonated on American Airfield in Afghanistan 

Kabul, Afghanistan – On November 12 an explosive device was detonated on the Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

A statement NATO’s Resolute Support mission said the explosion resulted in multiple casualties. Four people have died in the attack and approximately 14 have been wounded.

“To the family and friends of those who lost their lives today, we share your loss, and our thoughts are with you. We offer you our deepest condolences. For the family and friends of those wounded in today’s attack, let me assure you they are receiving the best care possible, and we will keep them in our thoughts today,” said U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson.

“To those who target Coalition forces, ANDSF, and Afghan civilians, Resolute Support and USFOR-A will continue to pursue our Train, Advise, and Assist mission to help our partners create a better Afghanistan.”

In an early statement, NATO’s Resolute Support mission said the attack happened at 5:30 a.m. The Taliban have claimed responsibility.

Response teams at Bagram continue to treat the wounded and investigate the incident.

CNN reported that US Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed four Americans were killed in the attack: two service members, and two contractors.

Currently, there are no Canadian military personnel working on Bagram Airfield.

The Resolute Support Mission is a NATO-led assistance, training, advisory, and counter-terror mission in Afghanistan. The mission consists of over 13,000 troops and began January 1, 2015, and followed the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) which was completed December 28, 2014.

 

Above image: File image of Army Gen. John W. “Mick” Nicholson Jr.

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Cyndi Mills

Over the last 24 years Cyndi Mills has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London and Petawawa. She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support her husband's military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her two oldest children are in the military.

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