"The blast occurred around 11:30 a.m. in a parking lot used by Afghans visiting Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar city", said Gen. Shafiq Fazli, the police commander for southern Afghanistan. One security officer and an Afghan who worked at the base were injured, no deaths occurred as a result of the blast.
A bomb placed in a white Toyota Corolla exploded, Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m., destroying 11 cars, 50 motorcycles and over a dozen bicycles. The parking lot where the bomb exploded is used by people visiting Camp Nathan Smith.
Camp Nathan Smith houses
Kandahar City is considered a Taliban stronghold and NATO forces have made it clear they will be moving forward to secure a strong government within the city.
While no one has stepped forward to claim credit for this attack, the Taliban did take credit for a failed attempt to storm Kandahar Air Field last Saturday. Other recent attacks in the area occurred on May 18th when a convoy was attacked, and the following day an attack occurred at Bagram Air Base.
Camp Nathan Smith is located in the heart of Kandahar City and the Kandahar Air Field is located approximately 12 miles outside the city.
German Brig. Gen Josef Blotz, a chief NATO spokesman in Afghanistan that recent attacks by the Taliban were purely for "worldwide public attention" so that supporters would know "that they're still there and able to do something."
The recent string of attacks appears to be part of a spring offensive announced by the Taliban and also in response to President Obama's remarks about squeezing out the Taliban in Kandahar City.