Cheney unhurt in blast at U.S. Afghan base http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6443592,00.html http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/art...7T091703Z_01_SP251378_RTRUKOC_0_UK-CHENEY.xml An Afghan official said the explosion occurred inside a shipping container, but gave no more details, the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press. A Reuters correspondent travelling with the US delegation said they were not aware of the blast until they heard sirens and were told by a military spokesman that the base was "under attack". "We were told there was a 'red alert'," Caren Bohan said. "There was a commotion, but it ended pretty quickly. We didn't hear any bomb or anything like that from where we were." However, a purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said Cheney was the target of the attack. ``We knew that Dick Cheney would be staying inside the base,'' Ahmadi told The Associated Press by telephone. ``The attacker was trying to reach Cheney.''