Joshua Partlow and Javed Hamdard
April 16, 2011
KABUL — A suicide bomber who had recently been recruited into the Afghan army blew himself up Saturday morning inside a military base, killing five NATO troops and four Afghan soldiers.
The bombing took place at the headquarters of the Afghan army’s 201st Corps, known as Forward Operating Base Gamberi, in eastern Afghanistan’s Laghman province. The base also has a contingent of NATO troops.
The bomber blew himself up at about 9:30 a.m., as local leaders had gathered for a meeting, according to Dawood Zarbah, the province’s deputy police chief.