Suicide bomber entered US base
New Delhi: A breach of security procedure at a heavily guarded CIA base in Afghanistan allowed a lone Taliban suicide bomber, who was posing as an informant, to inflict one of the deadliest blows ever on the US spy agency. The bomber, who killed seven CIA officials and injured six others, was allowed to enter the compound without the mandatory security screening and search, the ABC news said on Friday based on information received from CIA officers. It said the bomber, invited to the Forward Operating Base in the Khost province as a possible informant, was escorted to the gym at the fortified complex for a meeting with a senior CIA debriefer. "When the bomber, who was dressed in an Afghan military uniform, arrived in the gym, he blew himself up, killing seven and seriously injuring an additional six officers who had gathered there to wait for him," the news channel said. The second-largest single-day loss for America's premier spy agency, reports said, has devastated the critical hub of CIA activities.
At least three militants were killed Friday in the second US missile strike in as many days targeting Pakistan's wild tribal region of North Waziristan, officials said. The morning attack by a drone aircraft struck a suspected militant hideout in Ghundikala village, 15 kilometres (nine miles) east of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan and close to the Afghan border. "The identity of militants is not known yet. It is also not clear whether any high value target was present in the area when the attack took place." Another security official confirmed the strike and the casualties. Both officials requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the US strikes in Pakistan, which have inflamed anti-American sentiment. It was not clear which group was targeted, with North Waziristan rife with Taliban militants, Al-Qaeda fighters and members of the Haqqani network, a powerful group known for staging attacks on foreign troops in Afghanistan. The bombing comes the morning after a similar US drone attack killed four militants Machikhel village, about 25 kilometres east of Miranshah. The region has seen a rise in US strikes, which fan anti-Americanism in the nuclear-armed Muslim country, since US President Barack Obama took office and put the country on the frontline of the war on Al-Qaeda. His administration is pressuring Islamabad to crack down not only the Pakistani Taliban, but also Al-Qaeda fighters and militants who cross the border and attack US and NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan. North Waziristan neighbours South Waziristan, where Pakistan has been focusing its most ambitious offensive yet against homegrown Taliban militants, sending about 30,000 troops into the region on October 17.
On Dec. 30, 2009, at least eight Americans were killed and six others injured when a suicide bomber penetrated the heart of a heavily fortified complex in eastern Afghanistan, according to multiple U.S. officials in both Afghanistan and Washington, and and a Congressional source told ABC News they were all connected to the CIA.