Suicide attacker blows himself up in Kabul

A suicide attacker with explosives blew himself up on Saturday outside a military caterer in Kabul.

Updated: May 29, 2010, 20:14 PM IST

Kabul: A suicide attacker with
explosives strapped to his body blew himself up today outside
a military caterer in Kabul but caused no casualties,
Afghanistan`s Interior Ministry said.

The explosion took place east of the capital, close
to a warehouse and supermarket run by Supreme Food Services,
supplier of food to the foreign military, ministry spokesman
Zemarai Bashary told.

"It was suicide attack and the suicide attacker
detonated explosives strapped to his body," he said.

It was not immediately clear what the target of the
attack had been, he said, adding the attacker, who was on
foot, may have detonated prematurely.

The blast took place at the Kabul end of the road
to Bagram air base, a huge NATO installation and until
recently the biggest in the country, which is about 45
kilometres further north.

Taliban insurgents are waging a campaign against
the presence of foreign troops -- now numbering 130,000 -- and
have promised to target personnel, both foreign and Afghan,
and facilities associated with them.

Two suicide bomb attacks in Kabul earlier this
month ended a peaceful stretch in the capital of almost three

On May 18, at least 18 people, including women,
children and six international troops, were killed in an
attack on a NATO convoy in a busy city centre street.

The following day, seven Taliban militants were
killed and at least five NATO personnel wounded in clashes at
the Bagram base.

Bagram is around 60 kilometres north of central
Kabul. International forces also have a prison at the site,
opened following the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001.