Attack on US defence chief at British base
A stolen car, suspected to be carrying an incendiary device, burst into flames within 75 metres of the US Defence Secretary last night as he was walking across the runway at the main British base in Afghanistan. The driver, who was set alight, was arrested at gunpoint while Leon Panetta was bundled away by his bodyguards.
The extraordinary and highly embarrassing lapse of security at Camp Bastion, in Helmand, overshadowed David Cameron's press conference with Barack Obama in the Rose Garden of the White House. The Prime Minister and the President were immediately questioned by the media about the incident. Both men said they had no further details.
The International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Kabul said: "We are aware of a stolen vehicle incident today at Camp Bastion, which injured one coalition service member. The alleged perpetrator was apprehended by base security personnel. We are currently investigating to determine more facts."
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"Attack on US defence chief at British base", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 09/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/attack-on-us-defence-chief-at-british-base