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Gunmen killed 8 Afghan guards of a US base

Gunmen killed 8 Afghan guards of a US base

Gunmen have killed eight Afghan guards working at the largest American base in Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday, as the U.S. appears set to boost its troop presence in the country.

Spokeswoman for the provincial governor, Wahida Shahkar, said the guards were attacked on their way to work at Bagram airfield, reports ABC news.

"They were all local residents serving as guards at Bagram", he said, adding that two other guards were wounded.

No outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban have increased their attacks against Afghan security forces, and Islamic State group affiliates have been trying to expand their presence by attacking in different parts of the country. American military commanders in Afghanistan have requested thousands of extra boots on the ground.

Seven American soldiers were wounded on Saturday in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier at Camp Shaheen near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

Bagram Airfield, some 50 km north of Afghan capital of Kabul, has been serving as a main US and NATO military base in Afghanistan over the past 16 years.