'Deaths' as bomb targets foreing troops in Afghan capital

"A suicide car bomb" hit an Italian military convoy on a road between the U.S. embassy and the main airport in the centre of Kabul.

'Deaths' as bomb targets foreing troops in Afghan capital

A "suicide car bomb" hit an Italian military convoy on a road between the U.S. embassy and the main airport in the centre of Kabul on Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens, Afghan and Italian officials said.

Italy's Defence Ministry in Rome said six people had died, including some Italian troops, although it was not immediately sure how many of the dead were Italians.

It was at least the fourth blast in or near the capital in the weeks before and after the Aug. 20 election.

Police officers at the scene, who declined to give their names, said the latest blast was caused by "a suicide car bomber."

The body of at least one dead NATO soldier could be seen lying in the street in front of an armoured truck that bore an Italian flag. Other body parts were scattered near the scene. The chassis of an exploded car had landed dozens of yards away.

A police source said five foreign troops had been killed.

An ISAF media officer said they had "no information" about the incident yet.

"I was shopping when I heard a deafening explosion," said witness Shah Mohammad, an elderly man at the site of the blast.

"I saw some dead and wounded bodies lying around," he said.

Afghanistan's Public Health Ministry said at least three Afghan civilians were killed and 38 wounded in the attack.

Afghan troops could be seen carrying wounded civilians to ambulances near the wreckage of several military vehicles bearing the insignia of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The area is a short distance from the diplomatic enclave housing many Western missions, including the U.S. and British embassies, and the road is frequently used by foreign troops.

Reuters news agency said "a message sent from a telephone often used by a Taliban spokesman said the bomber was a member of the group."


Reuters

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