17 May 2015

Suicide car bomber strikes in Kabul

8:35 pm on 17 May 2015

A suicide car bomber has struck a foreign convoy near Kabul airport, killing at least three people and wounding 18 others.

Afghan security forces inspecting the site.

Afghan security forces inspecting the site. Photo: AFP

The attack comes three days after 14 people 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," Kabul police spokesman Ebadullah Karimi told AFP.

"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.

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.

- AFP -