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Taliban bomb wounds 77 U.S. soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Nearly 80 American soldiers were wounded and five Afghan civilians were killed in a Taliban truck bombing targeting an American base in eastern Afghanistan, NATO said yesterday, a stark reminder that the war in Afghanistan still rages, 10 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks against the United States.

No U.S. soldiers were killed in Saturday night's bombing.

The blast shaved the facades from shops outside Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province and broke windows in government offices nearby, said Roshana Wardak, a former parliamentarian who runs a clinic in the nearby town of the same name.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack was carried out by a Taliban suicide bomber who detonated a large bomb inside a truck carrying firewood, NATO said.

NATO said none of the 77 injuries suffered by the Americans was life-threatening. Spokesman Maj. Russell Fox said all the international troops at the combat outpost are American.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul held a memorial service Sunday to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

A military band played as American troops raised an American flag in front of about 300 assembled U.S. and Afghan officials.

Marine Gen. John Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, urged those assembled to honor the memory of those who died.

"On that day we lost mothers and fathers, sons and daughters; we lost people of many nations and many religions. Today we remember, we honor them all," he said.

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