Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Four killed in Kabul car bombing

Nato and Afghanistan's security forces inspect at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul (AP)
Nato and Afghan security forces inspect at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul (AP)

A suicide car bomber has attacked a Nato convoy moving through Afghanistan's capital, killing at least four civilians and wounding more than 35 in an assault claimed by the Taliban, authorities said.

The blast struck two MRAPs, (mine-resistant ambush-protected armoured vehicles) in western Kabul, damaging a civilian car and leaving debris scattered across a highway lined by shops. Nato troops and Afghan soldiers cordoned off the scene after the blast.

A spokesman for Kabul's police chief said the blast killed four civilians and wounded more than 35 people.

Nato later said the blast wounded none of its troops, though it was investigating the attack.

"We sincerely regret the loss of the lives and injury to innocent Afghan civilians caused by the insurgents in this tragic incident." Nato said in a statement.

"The explosion was so strong and many people were killed and wounded," said Mohammad Amin, who had brought his wife to a nearby hospital for a check-up at the time of the blast.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the bombing in a message to journalists.

The Taliban has promised to step up attacks against Afghan security forces in a bid to undermine the Western-backed government as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw by the end of the year.

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