Kabul: A suicide car bomber blew up his
vehicle outside a small residential hotel frequented by
foreigners just after dawn on Tuesday, killing at least four guards
in the latest of a rising number of violent attacks in
After the attacker detonated his cache of explosives,
two other militants stormed inside the hotel in Kunduz city
and engaged police in a two-hour gunbattle, said Mubobullah
Sayedi, a provincial spokesman.
"When the bomber blew himself up, the explosion shook
everything," Sayedi said. "It broke glass everywhere."
Four building guards were killed and 10 other people,
including an Afghan policeman, were wounded, he said.
Foreigners staying at the two-story hotel escaped through the
rear of the building, he said.
Sarwar Husseini, a provincial police spokesman, said
German aid workers often stayed in the house, but that it was
not clear who the foreigners staying there when the attack
took place were.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the insurgent group, said
in a text message to The Associated Press that the bombers had
attacked a "German intelligence center and security company."
The inn burned and several nearby buildings were
damaged. Flames could be seen shooting up an exterior wall as
police contained the area. A severed leg lay on the ground,
while other body parts had been collected and tied up in a
"We heard a very big explosion that shook all of
Kunduz," said Ahmadullah, a 30-year-old shopkeeper in Kunduz,
who lives about 10 yards (meters) from the building. "It was a
very strong explosion."
Ahmadullah, who uses just one name, said he and his
family quickly ran out of the neighborhood to a relative`s
house nearby. Worried that they were still too close to the
fighting, they moved even farther away to seek protection in
another relative`s house.
"All my children were so scared," he said. "We have
never been so close to a suicide bombing."