KABUL: A suicide car bomber struck a foreign convoy near Kabul airport, killing at least three people and wounding 18 others during the peak morning rush hour Sunday, officials said.
The attack comes three days after 14 people—most of them foreigners— were killed in a Taliban attack on a Kabul guesthouse that trapped dozens attending a concert and triggered an hours-long standoff with Afghan forces.
“A suicide bomber detonated his Toyota sedan targeting a foreign forces convoy near Kabul airport today at 9:00 am,” Kabul police spokesman Ebadullah Karimi told Agence France Presse.
“The target of the attacker was the foreign forces convoy. So far we have two women dead, 18 others wounded, all of them civilians,” he said, adding that three children were among those wounded.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
Deputy interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said three civilian vehicles, one of them belonging to foreign troops were damaged at the site of the attack.
An AFP photographer at the scene saw troops hauling away the body of a soldier pulled out from the twisted carcass of a badly damaged sedan.
“All we can say at this moment that two of Eupol’s vehicles were there at the time of the attack. We don’t have any more details yet,” Aziz Basam, senior press officer for the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan, told AFP.
The attack comes as Afghan forces face their first fighting season against the Taliban without the full support of US-led foreign combat troops.
Taliban insurgents, who have waged a 13-year war to topple the US-backed government, launched their spring offensive across Afghanistan late last month.