Jonathon Burch and Sayed Salahuddin
Reuters
December 31, 2009

[efoods]A suicide bomber penetrated a foreign army base in Afghanistan and killed eight CIA employees on Wednesday, one of the U.S. agency’s largest death tolls, while four Canadian troops and a journalist died in a separate attack.

The suicide attack was one of the most ambitious of the war, highlighting the insurgency’s reach and coordination at a time when violence has reached its highest levels since the overthrow of the Taliban regime by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in 2001.

The Taliban claimed the attacker as a sympathizer from the Afghan army who detonated a vest of explosives at a meeting with CIA workers. A spokesman for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said Afghan security forces were working on the base.

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