Kabul: Two Taliban suicide bombers blew
themselves up at the entrance of a guesthouse run by
foreigners in central Kabul on Tuesday, killing two drivers, police
and witnesses said.
"There were two suicide bombers who detonated themselves
at the entrance. Two drivers were killed and a security guard
was injured," Sayed Abdul Ghafar Sayedzada, the head of police
criminal investigations, told reporters.
Sayedzada said the two civilians killed were drivers,
and that the guesthouse was used by private security
Interior ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary confirmed
there had been a suicide attack in the Taimani district north
Shopkeeper Ghulam Mustafa told AFP he heard gunshots for
a few minutes and later a "big explosion".
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a joint suicide
and gun attack.
An AFP reporter saw three bodies, one of them riddled
with bullets, near the single-storey guesthouse that local
residents said was run by foreigners.
A car could be seen at the guesthouse entrance, where
the gates had been blown away.
Insurgents have increasingly targeted guesthouses in the
capital, which is heavily fortified with a "ring of steel" in
place to secure the city perimeter.
The last suicide attack was on July 18 when a bomber on
a bicycle struck a bustling street, killing three people two
days ahead of an international conference in Kabul attended by
major foreign donors.