Gunmen kill eight Afghan guards at largest US base — Days after U.S. vows to send more troops to Afghanistan

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP/File | US soldiers on patrol in Kabul

KABUL (AFP) – Gunmen have killed eight Afghan guards working at the largest American base in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, as the US appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.

The guards were ambushed near Bagram base north of Kabul as they were driving home in convoy late Monday, said district governor Abdul Shakoor Quddusi.

“They were all local residents serving as guards at Bagram,” he said, adding that two other guards were wounded.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban are stepping up nationwide attacks and the Islamic State group are making inroads into the war-torn country.

Washington is soon expected to announce an increase in the US military deployment to bolster Afghan forces, who are struggling to contain the Taliban’s nationwide offensive. American military commanders in Afghanistan have requested thousands of extra boots…

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