• publish: 7 July 2015
  • time: 1:24 pm
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 175

Car bomb hits foreign forces convoy in Kabul

A suicide car bomber has slammed into a convoy of foreign forces in the Afghan capital Kabul, interior ministry spokesman says.

Kabul police spokesman Ebadullah Karimi said the attack in the south-eastern part of the city wounded three people.

Mr Karimi described the wounded as “foreigners”, but there was no confirmation of their identity.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties in the attack.

“I can confirm that a suicide car bomber targeted foreign forces but we don’t have details on casualties,” Mr Sediqqi said, adding that the attack took place in the Shah Shaheed area of the city.

The attack was the second in a week targeting remaining foreign forces in the heavily fortified capital. Most NATO troops withdrew at the end of last year.

Last week, a Taliban car bomber targeted a convoy of NATO troops in Kabul, killing one civilian and wounding up to 12.

Two coalition soldiers also suffered minor wounds in last week’s attack.

Security has deteriorated across the country as Taliban insurgents have stepped up their attacks after most foreign combat troops left Afghanistan at the end of 2014.

There are around 9,800 US troops remaining in Afghanistan, down from a peak around 100,000 in 2011.

The majority are training Afghan forces but a contingent of a few thousand are still engaged in combat.

US senator John McCain of Arizona, visiting Kabul on Saturday, told reporters that Taliban attacks had increased and US troops should stay longer than planned to prevent the militants from making gains.

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