NATO convoy in Afghanistan hit by suicide car bombing

Unidentified men detonated an explosive-packed car near the convoy of "foreign advisers" in Afghan capital Kabul, reports said Thursday.

Updated: May 16, 2013, 13:06 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Kabul: Unidentified men detonated an explosive-packed car near a NATO convoy carrying "foreign advisers" in Afghan capital Kabul, reports said Thursday.

Six people, including two kids, have been killed, the BBC quoted the provincial chief as saying.

A Toyota Corolla was detonated near two foreign military vehicles, the BBC quoted Kabul Police Chief Gen Salangi.
The blast was strong enough to have shaken the n earby areas, as it destroyed several nearby buildings and plumes of white smoke billowed into the sky.

Kabul Deputy Police Chief Daud Amin said it was difficult to immediately estimate the number of dead because the blast had shredded many of the victims.

Two Kabul hospitals reported that at least six dead and 37 wounded were brought in from the scene, city hospitals chief Kabir Amiri said, adding that the toll could increase as more hospitals report in.
Kabul provincial police spokesman Hashmad Stanakzi said, "The explosion was very big. It set the nearby buildings on fire".

The responsibility of the attack has been claimed by a Taliban linked group named Hezbi Islami.

Hizb-e-Islami is headed by 65-year-old former warlord Gubuddin Hekmatyar, a former Afghan prime minister and one-time US ally who is now listed as a terrorist by Washington. The militia has thousands of fighters and followers across the country`s north and east.

Thursday`s attack was the second in eight months claimed by Hizb-e-Islami. In September, the militant group claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed least 12 people.

This is another major attack after nine people were killed in an attack near the defense ministry in Kabul in March.

With Agency Inputs