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Afghanistan: Car bomb kills 9 at Jalalabad airport

A car bomb at Jalalabad airport killed at least nine people.

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US soldiers inspect the site of a suicide attack near the gate of Kandahar international airport on January 19, 2012. A car bomb killed at least three people at Jalalabad airport on February 27, 2012. (JANGIR/AFP/Getty Images)

A suicide car bomb at Jalalabad airport has killed at least nine people in eastern Afghanistan, reported the Associated Press.

The Taliban claimed credit for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for the burning of the Quran at Bagram airbase. US officials said the books were burned inadvertently, and President Barack Obama apologized for the incident, drawing criticism from Republican presidential hopefuls.

The BBC reported that Obaidullah Talwar, a provincial police official, said that all the casualties at the airport appeared to be civilians, though the airport serves both civilian and military aircrafts.

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A spokesman for the Afghan Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NBC News, "Our suicide bomber carried out suicide attack at a time when the U.S. troops opened the main entrance for change of the night time shift at the airport. Besides American soldiers, a number of Afghanistan interior ministry personnel working (with) the U.S. troops were also killed in the attack."

A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force said there were no NATO casualties in the attack, stating, "According to initial information the ISAF installation was not reached by the explosion," reported the AFP, which had the casualty count at six.

At least 30 people have died in the violence following the burning of the Qurans, and seven US soldiers were wounded in a grenade attack on an army base in the Kunduz province, according to the AFP.

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