Two of these killed have been service members, and two have been contractors, he stated, including he was “deeply saddened” by the information.

The explosion additionally wounded 16 different US service members and one Polish soldier collaborating within the NATO mission, Carter stated in an announcement.

The Taliban claimed accountability in a tweet praising the “sturdy assault” on Bagram Airfield.

In an announcement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated a suicide bomber had focused “a sports activities floor the place greater than 100 navy officers, vital individuals and troopers have been busy exercising.”

Bagram Airfield is the largest US military base in Afghanistan.Bagram Airfield is the largest US military base in Afghanistan.

The assault on the airfield had been deliberate for 4 months, he stated.

A NATO coalition official advised CNN that the bomber, who’s presumed useless, detonated the suicide bomb vest on a sidewalk close to the place individuals have been gathering for a run.

The bottom was beneath lockdown, and extra safety measures have been instituted in any respect different areas in Afghanistan for america and coalition allies, the official stated.

Carter supplied his condolences to the households of these killed and stated the injured have been getting the very best care.

“Pressure safety is all the time a prime precedence for us in Afghanistan, and we are going to examine this tragedy to find out any steps we will take to enhance it,” he stated.

“For many who carried out this assault, my message is straightforward. We is not going to be deterred in our mission to guard our homeland and assist Afghanistan safe its personal future.”

NATO chief: ‘United in opposition to terror’

NATO earlier said 14 people were injured in the blast, which occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m. native time. Its power safety and medical groups responded.

Haji Shokoor, the district governor of Bagram, had advised CNN that these killed have been overseas residents however that the injured have been all Afghan nationals.

NATO Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg supplied his assist on Twitter to these affected by the assault.

“NATO stays dedicated to our mission to coach and assist the Afghan forces. All of us stand united within the combat in opposition to terrorism,” he stated in an announcement.

The airfield is subsequent to the traditional metropolis of Bagram, southeast of Charikar in Parwan province. Bagram is greater than 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Kabul, the Afghan capital.

Questions over safety

Pressing investigations are being carried out on the base, and safety has been tightened, in response to CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr. The navy will wish to be certain that anybody tied to the blast is discovered earlier than individuals are allowed to go away the bottom.

“The query now’s, how did somebody get inside?” she stated. “There’s very strict safety at these bases. … In case you are available in a car, you’re stopped effectively earlier than the skin gate. Automobiles are searched, individuals are searched, individuals should have ID — so it is very obscure proper now how this occurred.”

There are about 14,000 individuals on the Bagram base, with about 60% contractors, in response to Starr. Locals transfer on and off the bottom in some contractor roles, she stated.

Safety breaches at coalition bases in Afghanistan have occurred however are uncommon, she added.

Current violence

Saturday’s blast follows a spate of latest assaults.

A suicide car bomb focused the German Consulate in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province on Thursday, in response to native police and officers.

Monir Ahmad Farhad, a provincial spokesman, stated 4 individuals have been killed and extra 100 individuals have been injured within the assault in Mazar-e-Sharif, the provincial capital. No German diplomats have been damage. The Taliban claimed accountability for the assault.

Final week, a joint Afghan-US battle in opposition to the Taliban within the northern district of Kunduz killed 30 civilians in addition to two US troopers and 26 militants.

These deaths occurred the identical day Taliban mortars killed no less than seven individuals at a marriage occasion in Faryab province in northern Afghanistan, police spokesman Kareem Youresh stated. A minimum of 13 individuals have been wounded.

An Australian woman was kidnapped November 5 by unknown gunmen in Kabul, Afghan police stated.