It came as officers revealed that Western troops are scaling back joint operations with Afghans after 51 Nato soldiers were shot dead this year by their local colleagues, a setback for the war strategy that focuses on training Afghans to take over.
“At around 6:45am (0215 GMT), a suicide bomber using a sedan blew herself up along the airport road in District 15. As a result, nine workers of a foreign company and three Afghan civilians are dead, and two police are wounded,” police said in a statement.
An Afghan and a Western security official said nine foreigners were killed. The South African foreign ministry said eight of its citizens were among the dead. The foreigners were from a private company working at the airport.
A spokesman for Nato’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it had no reports that its personnel were among the casualties.
Afghanistan’s second largest insurgent group, Hezb-i-Islami, claimed responsibility, saying it was carried out by a woman to avenge the Innocence of Muslims film.
Meanwhile, al Qaeda’s branch in North Africa has called for attacks on US diplomats and an escalation of protests against the anti-Islam video. Al Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb praised the killing of Christopher Stevens