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Taliban suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul: Officials

Last Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 16:09

Kabul: A Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle next to a NATO military convoy in Kabul on Friday, officials said, though no details about casualties were immediately available.

The attack occurred on a main road that passes by a series of government compounds and military facilities in the Afghan capital on the way to the eastern city of Jalalabad.

"Around 1:00 pm, a suicide bomber blew up a car targeting a convoy of foreign forces on the Kabul-Jalalabad road," Hashmatullah Stanikzai, spokesman for the Kabul police, said.

"Our security forces have rushed to the scene to investigate, and we don`t have any information on casualties yet."
A reporter said that civilian ambulances and armoured vehicles from the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan were at the blast site, which was quickly cordoned off by police.

"Our mujahideen have detonated a car bomb attack on a convoy of foreign forces today afternoon," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

"As a result of the attack, several foreign forces were killed and a number of their vehicles were damaged."
The Taliban routinely exaggerate death tolls after attacks.

A spokesman for NATO`s mission in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said the explosion was being investigated but gave no further details.

First Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 16:09
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