Wednesday 18 October 2017

Foreign troops targeted in Kabul blast

Afghan and foreign soldiers inspect the site of a bomb attack on Nato forces in Kabul (AP)
Afghan and foreign soldiers inspect the site of a bomb attack on Nato forces in Kabul (AP)

An explosion in Afghanistan has targeted a convoy of foreign troops in the capital Kabul.

Gen Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the Kabul city police chief, said three Afghan civilians were injured in the attack.

The blast targeted two armoured vehicles belonging to foreign forces attached to the Nato Resolute Support Mission, he said. One of the vehicles was damaged.

While Mr Rahimi and a Taliban spokesman said the convoy was attacked by a suicide car bomber, US Army Col Brian Tribus, the spokesman in Afghanistan for US and Nato forces, said it was a roadside bomb. The discrepancy could not immediately be reconciled.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the three casualties suffered minor wounds only. Surrounding buildings were partially damaged, it added.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack, with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying in a statement that their suicide bomber had targeted a convoy of foreigners.

There have been a number of attacks in the capital in recent weeks, including an October 6 attack on the house of former Helmand governor Nahim Baloch.

After an all-night battle, 10 people were wounded, including three civilians and seven members of the Afghan security forces. Officials said Mr Baloch was not at home at the time.

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