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American Soldier Killed in Suicide Attack at Afghan Base

Hemera/Thinkstock(JALALABAD, Afghanistan) -- A suicide attack at the entrance to a joint U.S.-Afghan base in Jalalabad killed one American soldier on Saturday.

A spokesperson for the governor of Nangarhar province said that the initial attacker detonated a vehicle at the entrance to the base. Five other suicide bombed attempted to enter the base with small arms, all of whom were killed.

Statements from NATO and the International Security Assistance Force confirmed the death of one soldier, but did not specify the victim's nationality. An Afghan official said that the soldier was American.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Saturday.

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