December 11, 2019 / 2:11 PM / a month ago

Pompeo condemns deadly Taliban attack on U.S. military base

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a joint news conference with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the State Department in Washington, U.S., December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday condemned a suicide bombing in Afghanistan near Bagram air force base that he said killed more than four dozen civilians and wounded at least five U.S.-led coalition troops.

“Want to condemn this morning’s coordinated terrorist attack near Bagram air force base in the strongest possible terms,” Pompeo told reporters.

(The story corrects to delete third paragraph, State Department says Pompeo misspoke when giving casualty figures)

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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