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BBC News, July 12, 2015

Afghanistan suicide bomb 'kills 33' near former CIA base

Officials said those killed were civilians in cars waiting to clear the checkpoint at the time of the blast

A suicide car bomb has killed at least 33 people, mostly women and children, near a military base in Afghanistan, officials say.

The bomber detonated explosives at a checkpoint near Camp Chapman, formerly used by the CIA, in eastern Khost province on Sunday.

Camp Chapman was the site of one of the worst attacks on the agency in 2009 when a bomber killed seven officials.

Khost blast near USA CIA base July 2015

No US or coalition soldiers were killed in this latest attack.

The base now houses both Afghan and foreign troops, including US soldiers.

A statement from Khost's provincial governor said that 27 civilians and six security personnel were killed.

Youqib Khan, the deputy police chief, told the Associated Press news agency that Sunday's blast hit a checkpoint manned by members of an Afghan unit that guards Camp Chapman.

Officials said those killed were civilians in cars waiting to clear the checkpoint at the time of the blast.

No group has said it carried out the blast, although the Taliban has often targeted troops and launched a fresh offensive in late April.

Khost borders Pakistan and is one of Afghanistan's most volatile provinces.

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