Base Attack Kills 3 Afghans, Destroys NATO Chopper

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An Afghan soldier adjusts his gun on a military helicopter transporting journalists to the hand over ceremony of U.S.- run prison to Afghan government in Bagram north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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In an attack last month on Bagram, an insurgent rocket damaged a top U.S. general's plane that was parked on the tarmac. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for that attack on the C-17 transport plane, which had flown U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Bagram.

Dempsey was in his staff quarters when the rockets landed and was not hurt in the attack, but the damage to his plane forced him to use another aircraft for his ongoing flight to Iraq.

Two aircraft maintenance workers were lightly wounded by shrapnel, and a nearby helicopter was damaged.

Meanwhile, the suicide bombing Tuesday took place in Kushki Kuhna district of Herat province, said Noor Khan Nikzad, a spokesman for the provincial police chief. The province in western Afghanistan is one of the more peaceful areas of the country but it has been the scene of a rising number of attacks in recent years.

The target of the attack was Abdul Hakim, a community leader who commanded a local militia, according to Mohammad Ibrahim Kushki, the former top official in the district.

"The bomber was around 14 years old," he said. "He went to the shop, shook hands with Hakim and then blew himself up."

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Associated Press Writers Deb Riechmann and Patrick Quinn in Kabul contributed to this report.

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