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Explosion Near Camp Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan, Kills 33

A suicide car bomb on Sunday killed 33 people and wounded 10 in southeastern Afghanistan, close to a U.S. base that was formerly used by the CIA.
Image: Bomb attack near Camp Chapman in Afghanistan
Local men watch the aftermath of a suicide car bomb attack near Camp Chapman in Afghanistan's Khost province on Sunday.NASIR ALI / AFP - Getty Images
/ Source: Reuters

KHOST, Afghanistan - A suicide car bomb killed 33 people and wounded 10 in southeastern Afghanistan, close to a U.S. base that was formerly used by the CIA, police said on Sunday.

The attack took place close to a checkpoint on the outskirts of the city of Khost, provincial police chief Faizullah Ghairat said.

At least 12 of those killed were children, according to the United Nations. Most of the casualties were civilians.

Local men watch the aftermath of a suicide car bomb attack near Camp Chapman in Afghanistan's Khost province on Sunday.NASIR ALI / AFP - Getty Images

The U.S. military said none of its personnel were hurt. The base at Camp Chapman was once used by the CIA to help oversee strikes against militants. It was unclear whether the intelligence agency still operated there.

Camp Chapman suffered one of the worst attacks in CIA history in late 2009, when seven intelligence officers were killed by an al Qaeda operative whom the Americans thought had been "de-radicalized."