"For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple: 'we will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future,'" US defence chief Ashton Carter said in a statement.
Bagram Airfield, close to Kabul, has frequently come under attack by Taliban fighters. Al Jazeera's Abdullah Shahood, reporting from Kabul, said the base is in a heavily guarded area where people only with exclusive access can enter. "An Afghan police official told us that the person who got in with the explosives must be a dual citizen and someone who has an access pass and is trusted to go without escort," he said.
On Thursday, four people were killed and 128 others were wounded when a suicide bomber drove a lorry loaded with explosives into the German consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif. The Taliban said that attack was retaliation for air strikes near the northern city of Kunduz last week, which killed more than 30 civilians.
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