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Eight US Civilians Killed in Afghanistan Blast

Eight U.S. Civilians Killed in Afghanistan Blast (Update1)

December 30, 2009, 03:30 PM EST

Original at Bloomberg

By Tony Capaccio

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — Eight U.S. civilians were killed today in a blast at an American military base in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokeswoman said.

Lieutenant Colonel Almarah Belk said the explosion took place at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost province. Belk said she didn’t know what installations or agencies are located at the base.

The U.S. has been expanding the ranks of civilian aid experts in Afghanistan in parallel with the surge of military reinforcements aimed at the Taliban insurgency.

NATO forces spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Todd Vician said the nature of the explosion is being investigated. The Associated Press cited a U.S. official in Washington as saying the Americans were killed by an attacker wearing a suicide-bomb vest.

Khost is located in eastern Afghanistan, along the border with Pakistan.

–With assistance from Viola Gienger in Washington. Editors: Edward DeMarco, Robin Meszoly

To contact the reporter on this story: Anthony Capaccio in Washington at +1-202-624-1911 or acapaccio@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Robin Meszoly at +1-202-624-1824 or rmeszoly@bloomberg.net

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