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Courtesy: CNN

Courtesy: CNN

KABUL, Afghanistan — Three people were killed and 13 others were injured on Saturday when an explosion rocked Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, a local official said.

“It is not clear what caused the explosion or the nationality of the victims, the district governor of Bagram, Haji Shokoor told CNN.

The NATO mission there said the explosion occurred just after 5:30 a.m. local time and that its force protection and medical teams responded.

The airfield is the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan and is located next to the ancient city of Bagram, southeast of Charikar in the Parwan province. Bagram is located more than 30 miles north of Kabul, the nation’s capital.

Recent violence

The report follows a spate of recent attacks.

A suicide car bomb targeted the German consulate in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province on Thursday, according to local police and officials.

Monir Ahmad Farhad, a provincial spokesman, said four people were killed and more 100 people were injured in Mazar-e-Sharif, the provincial capital. No German diplomats were hurt. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Last week, a joint Afghan-US battle against the Taliban in the northern district of Kunduz killed 30 civilians as well as two US soldiers and 26 militants.

Those deaths happened the same day Taliban mortars killed at least seven people at a wedding party in Faryab province in northern Afghanistan, police spokesman Kareem Youresh said. At least 13 people were wounded.

An Australian woman was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Kabul, Afghan police said Sunday. The incident occurred Saturday evening.