Afghan Civilians Save US Base From Suicide Bomber

The two men dragged the terrorist from his car before he could set off his bombs.

An Afghan doctor checks a boy wounded by a suicide car bomb in the southern province of Kandahar back on August 3, 2006. (REUTERS/Ismail Sameem)

Stefania posted this story in her roundup that was reported at CNN

Afghan civilians stop terror attack at U.S. base

Two civilians thwarted an attempted terrorist attack Tuesday when a vehicle loaded with explosives attempted to crash through the front gate of a U.S. base in the Afghan capital, according to the U.S. military.

The two men, an interpreter and a security guard, dragged the apparent suicide bomber from the vehicle before he could detonate explosives, said Col. Tom Collins, the chief spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

“I think it’s a pretty amazing and heroic event,” Collins said.

He said that at about 9 a.m. Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET Monday) a driver crashed his vehicle into Camp Phoenix, the base where the Afghan National Army and police are trained. The driver reached for what appeared to be a cord to detonate a bomb, he said.

“Amazingly, a couple of Afghans who just happened to be on the scene there realized what was happening,” Collins said.

“Anyone’s inclination would have been to run away but these guys are genuine heroes,” Collins said.

Stars and Stripes has more.

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