28 Dec 2015

Suicide attack follows major Taliban assault

6:37 pm on 28 December 2015

A suicide bomber has killed at least one person and wounded 13 in an attack on a road near Kabul Airport, two weeks after a major Taliban assault in the Afghan capital.

Afghan police stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near a NATO military convoy entering Kabul airport on December 11, 2013.

Suicide attacks have been a problem in Kabul for years - here, police stand guard at the site of an attack near the city's airport in December 2013. Photo: AFP

A police officer at the scene said the suicide bomber walked up to a white pickup truck and detonated the explosives he was wearing. A minibus was also destroyed by the explosion, which shattered the windows of nearby shops.

The head of the city's police, Abdul Rahman Rahimi, said one person had been killed and 13 wounded, including three women.

He said the aim of the attack in an overwhelmingly civilian area was to create fear among Afghans.

The suicide bombing followed a series of attacks this month claimed by Taliban insurgents, including an assault on a Spanish embassy guesthouse in the capital that started on 11 December, and a suicide bombing near Bagram Air Base that killed six American troops last week.

- Reuters

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