Kabul supermarket suicide attack kills nine

A bomb exploded at a supermarket frequented by foreigners in Kabul, killing at least nine people.

Last Updated: Jan 29, 2011, 00:45 AM IST

Kabul: Nine bodies were removed from the
site of a suicide bombing at a supermarket in central Kabul
on Friday and police said three female foreigners were among the
dead.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
A news agencyreporter saw seven bodies, including those of
at least one woman and one child.

"A suicide bomber got into the supermarket and blew
himself up," said an officer at the scene on condition of
anonymity.

Kabul police spokesman Hasmatullah Stanikzai confirmed
the explosion.

"The explosion took place at the Finest supermarket in
the centre of Kabul near many embassies," he said.

"Three female foreigners were killed in the attack and
also three male employees of the supermarket were injured," he
later said, though he could not confirm the nationalities of
the dead.

Head of Kabul police Mohammad Zahir confirmed it was a
suicide attack.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP that its
rebels were responsible for the attack, claiming it targeted
private security contractors.

"Some employees and the head of Blackwater, a private
security firm, who were shopping in a supermarket in Kabul
have been attacked by one of our men," Mujahid said.
"We claim credit for this attack".

He said the attacker first opened fire in the
supermarket before blowing himself up and killing several
people, including the private security staff.

PTI