A rocket fired on to a Nato airbase damaged the aircraft of America’s top
military officer and wounded two ground crew, officers said.
Two insurgent rockets hit Bagram airfield overnight and one caused shrapnel
damage to the door of a C-17 aircraft being used by Gen Martin Dempsey,
chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Gen Dempsey and his staff were asleep in their quarters at the time of the
incident, and American officers said they were at no risk. Two American
maintenance crew were slightly wounded.
Gen Dempsey had to use another aircraft to leave Bagram, north of Kabul, the
AFP news agency reported.
Colonel Thomas Collins, a coalition spokesman, told Reuters: "He was
nowhere near the aircraft. We think it was a lucky shot.”
However, the attack will be deeply embarrassing to the US military as it tries
to hand responsibility for security over to Afghan forces.
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