Taliban suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghanistan
Earlier today, a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a convoy of foreign troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of four civilians and wounding as many as 35 others as the insurgency stepped up its attacks on Afghanistan’s capital.
The armored vehicles, which belonged to a United States-led coalition, were driving down a major road in the western part of Kabul at around noon local time when an attacker in a car drove up to them and committed suicide by blowing himself up.
“Everyone was escaping,” said a man who said he was close to the bomb when it went off. “But when I saw so many injured and dead bodies on the road, I couldn’t bear running away, so I helped carry the bodies to Istiqlal Hospital,” which is nearby. The man said many of the injured were uniformed school children.
Shortly after the explosion, ambulances arrived to the scene. The road was covered on both sides by blood and shattered glass from the windows of adjacent buildings. The Taliban was quick to claim responsibility for the attack. The militant group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Muhjahid, said that they were targeting foreign troops.
It is fairly unusual for the Taliban to claim responsibility for an attack that injured civilians. A report that the United Nations released last month blamed the Taliban for 75% of civilian casualties documented in the first half of this year. The Taliban, however, claimed that the results were biased and that its fighters always try to avoid harming ordinary Afghans.
Read more about the story at The Guardian.