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Car bomb on EU vehicle kills at least 3 in Afghan capital

A car bomb exploded on Sunday on a road near the main airport in Afghanistan's capital, police said, apparently targeting NATO troops in the latest attack in the city.

world Updated: May 17, 2015 13:36 IST
HT Correspondent & Reuters
HT Correspondent & Reuters
Hindustan Times
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Three people were killed and 18 others injured when a Taliban suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car near vehicles of the European Union police training mission in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday.

The bomber struck on a road near the main airport in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL), which advises Afghan law enforcement authorities.

EUPOL spokeswoman Sari Haukka-Konu said one non-mission member travelling in an EUPOL vehicle was killed. She did not give the dead person's nationality or identity.

"All mission members who were in the vehicle are in a safe place and their injuries are not believed to be fatal," Haukka-Konu told The Associated Press. "A non-EUPOL person inside the vehicle is deceased."

Afghan interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said two Afghan women were killed in the blast.

Of the 18 wounded, eight were women and three children. Sediqqi said three foreigners were wounded. EUPOL's website said three of its personnel had sustained non-fatal injuries.

Police spokesman Ebadullah Karimi said the suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla rammed a foreign vehicle on the road from the airport to a nearby NATO military installation. The bomber struck 200 metres from the main airport entrance.

Nearby homes and shops were damaged, and the road – usually choked with traffic as vehicles pass through a slow-moving checkpoint into the airport – was strewn with the charred remains of several cars.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility, saying two vehicles were destroyed and seven foreign troops were killed. The militants frequently report inflated casualties in their attacks.

The Taliban have launched a wave of attacks around the country as part of their spring offensive. Most foreign countries have withdrawn their troops from Afghanistan, leaving a small training force.

Kabul has seen a new surge in major attacks over the last two weeks after a relative lull since January.

On Wednesday night, gunmen attacked a popular guesthouse ahead of a musical concert and killed 14 people, including nine foreign citizens. Four Indians were among the dead. Afghan officials said they believed the Indian envoy was the target of the attack though he was not in the guesthouse when the Taliban fighters stormed it.

And twice in a week, suicide car bombers targeted buses carrying employees of the Afghan attorney general's offices, killing four people.

The Taliban claimed all the attacks.

First Published: May 17, 2015 10:53 IST