US closes embassy in Kabul after suicide bomber killed four on Veterans Day

Afghanistan's National Army soldiers guard, blocking the main road to the Bagram Airfield's main gate in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. An explosion at a U.S. airfield in Afghanistan early Saturday killed four people, the head of international forces in the country said. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

The US Embassy in Afghanistan has closed following a deadly attack on an American military base.

In a statement late Saturday, the embassy says it will be ‘closed for routine services’ Sunday ‘as a temporary precautionary measure.’

The unusual decision comes after four Americans — two soldiers and two contractors — were killed in a suicide attack Saturday on the Bagram Airfield, around 30 miles north of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The explosion occurred around 5.30am local time as military personnel and others were gathering for a ‘fun run’ organized in conjunction with Veterans Day, according to NBC News.

Officials have not identified the casualties. Response teams are continuing to treat the wounded and investigate the incident.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which they also said was carried out by a suicide bomber inside the base.


A spokesman for the insurgent group said the attack had been planned for four months.

Two days earlier, insurgents attacked the German Consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing six people and wounding more than 100.

The US Embassy in Kabul regularly warns Americans against travel to Afghanistan, where a Taliban-led insurgency is in its 16th year.

The insurgency has become more virulent since most international combat troops withdrew in 2014.