1 Afghan civilian killed, 2 wounded in mortar attack near U.S. base in Bagram

mortar exploded close to the U.S. air base in Bagram, north of the capital, Kabul, on Thursday and killed one Afghan civilian and wounded at least two others, a police official said.

Gen. Abdul Rahman Sayedkhail, chief of Parwan province, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Kabul, said the mortar landed about 1 kilometer (0.60 miles) from the main gate of the Bagram base and destroyed a truck delivering food to U.S. military personnel there.

There were no U.S. casualties, but one Afghan national was killed and at least two wounded, Sayedkhail said.

Police detained two Afghan men at the scene of the explosion for questioning, he added.

The Bagram base is the largest U.S. military facility in Afghanistan.

Militants loyal to the toppled Taliban government have launched a stepped up campaign of violence targeting coalition and Afghan forces.

In other violence, Afghan and U.S.-led coalition troops killed one suspected insurgent Wednesday in fighting in southern Uruzgan province, the U.S. military said in a statement, the AP says.

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