Bagram Security Guards Gunned Down

Gunmen kill 8 security guards working at US base in Afghanistan

Gunmen have killed eight Afghan guards working at the largest American base in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, as the United States appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.

Two other guards were wounded in the attack that happened late yesterday in Bagram district, Wahida Shahkar, the spokeswoman for the provincial governor in Parwan said.

Bagram Air Base, is the largest U.S military base in Afghanistan and is about 40km from Kabul.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came as the insurgents intensify their nationwide spring offensive against Western and government targets.

He said the group of 10 security guards had been on their way to work at the time of the shooting.

The deteriorating security situation and increasing trend of terror attacks in Afghanistan have impelled the Afghans to immigrate to other countries.

"I offer our deepest condolences to the families, and friends of these fearless Afghan citizens", Brigadier General Patrick Donahoe, U.S. commander of Bagram Airfield, said in a statement.

The Kabul protest began earlier this month, after a powerful truck bomb killed more than 150 people and wounded more than 450 in the heart of the city.

Khogyani said that Sher Rahman was a judge in an anti-corruption court. The different casualty tolls could not immediately be reconciled.

Protesters had set up eight tents around Kabul after the clashes between protesters and security forces.

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