WASHINGTON - The Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network was behind a truck bombing that killed four Afghan civilians and wounded 77 US troops on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Pentagon said on Monday.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack in Wardak province, 30 miles (50 km) south of the capital. The bombing occurred hours after the Taliban issued a Sept. 11-related statement blaming the United States for the bloodshed in Afghanistan.
"This was of course a deplorable attack against a combat outpost in Wardak and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms," Pentagon spokesman George Little said. "We believe that the perpetrators were from the Haqqani network. ... This is totally unacceptable behavior and we call on these kind of attacks to cease."
The Haqqani network is a militant group allied with the Taliban that was started by Jalaluddin Haqqani, who rose to prominence in the 1980s receiving weapons and funds from the CIA and Saudi Arabia to fight Soviet forces in Afghanistan.