Afghanistan: NATO convoy attack leaves 15 dead including 2 Americans

May 16, 2013 | By More

May 16, Kabul AP – The suicide attack Thursday on a convoy also killed four foreign contractors and nine Afghan civilians. Cmdr. Bill Speaks, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Secretary, confirmed that two U.S. soldiers in the NATO military coalition were killed in the attack.

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The U.S. military says two American service members are among the 15 dead in a car bomb attack in Kabul.

A Islamic militant group, Hizb-e-Islami, claimed responsibility for the early morning attack, saying it had formed a new unit to attack foreign forces.

A suicide bomber in a car targeted vehicles carrying foreign forces in Kabul on Thursday, according to police. Killed were two coalition service members and four civilian contractors, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force announced in a statment.

The powerful blast took place at about 8 a.m. (0330 GMT) and also wounded at least 30 people, according to the Afghan Health Ministry.

Kabul provincial police spokesman Hashmad Stanakzi said the suicide bomber attacked the convoy with a car packed with explosives. “The explosion was very big. It set the nearby buildings on fire,” Stanakzi said, adding that the casualty numbers included mostly civilians.

Local television showed a car burning next to a destroyed armored vehicle with rubble and vehicle parts spread around the area.

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Hizb-e-Islami (Islamic Party), an insurgent group allied with the Taliban. The political wing of the group was founded by warlord and former Afghan prime minister Gubuddin Hekmatyar. The militia has thousands of fighters and followers across Afghanistan’s north and east.

 

Thursday’s violence was the first major attack in Kabul since March 9, when a suicide bomber on a bicycle killed nine people outside the Defense Ministry during a visit from US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Associated press journalist for human rights observers – Dawar shah, reports from the region.

 

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