At least 14 people killed in clashes in Eastern Afghanistan; Insurgents target Bamiyan province
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  • (MAY 28-JUNE 3)

    According to reports, a suicide truck bomber attacked a US-run base on June 1, 2012, sparking clashes that killed al least 14 people in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border. NATO’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said none of its personnel was killed in the attack in Khost province, a Taliban flashpoint that borders Pakistan. The Taliban militia has claimed responsibility for the attack.1

    In another development, reports noted that insurgents have stepped up attacks in the area thought to be Afghanistan’s safest, the rugged central province of Bamiyan, moving into the region in a bid to undermine security ahead of the end-2014 exit from the country of most foreign combat troops. Around 20 Taliban fighters from neighboring Baghlan province have crossed into Bamiyan and launched attacks in several districts, Bamiyan Police Chief General Juma Guldi Yardem said on May 29, 2012. 2