Suicide attack on Turkish diplomatic vehicle kills two in Kabul
A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives targeted a vehicle of the Turkish embassy in the Afghan capital killing at least two people during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials said.world Updated: Feb 26, 2015 14:23 IST
A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives targeted a vehicle of the Turkish embassy in the Afghan capital killing at least two people during the morning rush hour on Thursday, officials said.
The explosion struck in the heart of the heavily fortified diplomatic quarter outside the gate of the Iranian embassy, which is adjacent to the Turkish mission and just 800 metres from the Indian embassy in the centre of Kabul.
Officials told Hindustan Times that Turkey's ambassador Ismail Aramaz, who is also Nato's Senior Civilian Representative (SCR), was the target of the bombing. But there is no word whether he was hurt in the attack.
At least two people died and one injured in the blast, they added.
"The target was a Turkish embassy vehicle..." deputy interior minister Mohammad Ayub Salangi told the media outside the Iranian embassy.
The Taliban swiftly claimed responsibility for the blast in a text message to media, saying that the target was a "convoy of foreigners' vehicles."
Associated Press television footage showed two black armored vehicles bearing Turkish diplomatic plates and at least one wounded person being carried from a car.
It is the first known attack on a Turkish target in the Afghan capital. The last similar suicide car attack in Kabul took place near the airport in January.
Insurgent attacks in the capital have been intermittent in recent months as winter has closed in and as access for militants who are believed to be based in neighbouring Pakistan is limited.
The Afghan government hopes to open a dialogue with the Taliban's leadership in the near future, which could lead to peace talks in the coming year or two, officials and diplomats have said.
In the meantime, the insurgents are expected to intensify their war, in order to enter any talks from a position of strength.
(With AP inputs)
First Published: Feb 26, 2015 10:22 IST