Suicide attack on NATO convoy in Kabul
kills eight civilians
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[May 03, 2017]
By Mirwais Harooni
KABUL (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed
responsibility for a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on
Wednesday that killed eight civilians in an attack on a convoy of NATO
armored personnel vehicles.
The blast hit the convoy during the morning rush hour in one of the
busiest parts of Kabul. Public health officials said eight civilians
were killed and at least 25 wounded, with a number of civilian vehicles
that were near the convoy destroyed or badly damaged.
A spokesman for the U.S.-led NATO mission, U.S. Navy Captain Bill
Salvin, said three U.S. service members were wounded in the attack. The
vehicles, which are designed to withstand big blasts, were able to
return to a base under their own power, he said.
In a statement on its Amaq news agency, Islamic State said a suicide
bomber detonated an explosives-rigged car as the convoy passed near the
Although the Afghan branch of Islamic State operates largely in the
eastern province of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, the movement
has also claimed a string of suicide attacks in Kabul.
Witnesses said traces of blood and clothing could be seen on the ground
at the blast site.
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Afghan policemen inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul,
Afghanistan May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani
The heavily armored MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles
that foreign forces use to travel in Kabul appeared to have suffered
only relatively minor external damage, witnesses said.
(Additional reporting by Ahmed Toiba in CAIRO; Writing by James
Mackenzie; Editing by Paul Tait, Robert Birsel)
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