Afghanistan: Deaths from car bomb attack on checkpoint near Camp Chapman now stands at 33

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Most victims were civilians (Image via Bilal Sarwary, freelance journalist, Afghanistan)

On Sunday 12th July 2015, a suicide car bomber took the lives of 33 people when explosives were detonated at a checkpoint close to Camp Chapman military base in Khost province once used by the CIA. The victims included 27 civilians including 3 women and 12 children.

Forward Operating Base (FOB) Chapman is situated around 10 miles northwest of the border with Pakistan and was the scene of a suicide attack by Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi against the CIA in 2009. The bombing using a suicide vest was regarded as the most lethal attack against the CIA in more than 25 years and was claimed by the Taliban.

Pajhwok reported that “Brig. Gen. Faizullah Ghairat, police chief, said the attack occurred on highway and inflicted heavy casualties on civilians. He said eight vehicles and four motorcycles had also been completely damaged in the attack.”

Mujib Mashal (writer, Kabul) tweeted Sunday’s attack as it unfolded as follows:-

Casualties in Khost explosion are up to 25, mostly civilians, local officials say. The target was a US base located at a busy crossroads.

2. Local official say target of today’s explosion in Khost was camp Chapman, the same facility where 7 CIA employees were killed in 2009

3. Camp Chapman, on the outskirts of Khost city, is located at a busy crossroads connecting several districts.

4. The attack happened at a busy hour – around 6:40 pm, as residents were making way home to break their fast. Fears casualties may increase

5. Officials say target of Khost attack was the CIA-trained KPF now run by NDS. Unclear whether KPF still has American advisors on the ground

Khost attack casualties up to 33 (27 civilians, 6 KPF). Killed: 12 men, 3 women, 12 children. Wounded: 23 civilians

To date no-one has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack.

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

 

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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