Missile Hits US Military Chief’s Plane; Dempsey not On Board
Terrorists in Afghanistan attacked the parked plane of US Chief of Staff Martin Dempsey, who was not in the aircraft at the time. Two crew members injured.
Two missiles were fired at the C-17 plane overnight as it stood on the runway, and one of them caused serious damage. Dempsey left the Bagram military base in another plane.
U.S. military spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters the attack did not pose any threat to Dempsey or his staff, who were sleeping at the time in their quarters.
Shrapnel from one of the rockets hit the door of the aircraft.
Dempsey was in Afghanistan to talk with government leaders on taking action against its own soldiers who have killed 40 Western soldiers this year.
Ten soldiers, most of them Americans, were killed in the past two weeks. Shortly before Dempsey arrived, a man in a police uniform killed a NATO soldier.
“For the first time, I found that my Afghan counterparts are as concerned about the insider attacks as we are,” Dempsey said after talks in Kabul.