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Suicide attack in Kabul, four dead

Four Afghan civilians died and other four got wounded when a suicide car bomb exploded near a NATO convoy in Kabul.

world Updated: Jun 16, 2007 14:50 IST

A suicide car bomb exploded near a NATO convoy in a busy residential area of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing four Afghan civilians and wounding four more, a city police chief said.

"It was a suicide car bomb attack against a foreign forces vehicle. Four Afghan civilians have been martyred, four have been wounded," the head of the city police's criminal department Alishah Paktiawal told AFP at the scene.

"One foreign national has been slightly wounded."

The International Security Assistance Force could not immediately confirm the attack. Kabul deputy police chief Zalmai Oriakhil also said the attack was a suicide car bombing against an ISAF vehicle.

He said three people were killed, two labourers and a man who sold goods from a cart. "The wounded are all civilians working in a market in the area," he told AFP. "This is a crowded residential place." "Of course the suicide bomber has shattered into pieces."

An ISAF vehicle was slightly damaged in the attack, which also damaged about eight civilian cars. The blast shattered shop windows. It was the fifth suicide attack in the heavily secured capital this year but there have been several around the country, most of them in the south and east and blamed on the insurgent Taliban movement. The last suicide attack in the capital was May 23 and killed a policeman and an Afghan civilian.