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Five foreign and five Afghan troops have died in an attack in Jalalabad, Eastern Afghanistan, on Saturday 04/16/2011 morning, officials said. . Four Afghan soldiers and four translators were said to be injured (se also -Jalalabad 02.19.11).

A Taliban suicide bomber wearing a military uniform hit an Afghan army base near the city of Jalalabad, the Afghan defence ministry said. The attack was one of the deadliest in months against foreign troops.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, adding that the attacker was a “sleeper agent” who had served in the army for at least one month before launching his attack.

“Today, when there was a meeting going on between Afghan and foreign soldiers, he used the opportunity to carry out the attack,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in an email, the Associated Press news agency.

However, Afghan officials strongly denied that suggestion, insisting that the bomber was wearing a military uniform but not a serving soldier. The attack was the third in recent days blamed on Taliban rebels. In the two most recent incidents, the attacker was wearing an official Afghan uniform (see also -Faryab 04.04.11).
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