A suicide bomber attacked a U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday in a failed attempt to blow up Vice President Dick Cheney. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which killed between nine and 14 people.


The Taliban said they carried out the attack and that the attacker was trying to get to Mr. Cheney, who was on an unannounced visit to the region.

A U.S. spokesman described it as a “direct attack” on the base, which was put on red alert for a while.

Mr. Cheney was said to be safely inside the compound at the time.

He described hearing a “loud boom” and told reporters he had been briefly moved to a bomb shelter.

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