Kabul car bombing targets NATO troops

Massive car bombing targets convoy of foreign troops in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

NATO soldiers walk in front of a damaged NATO military vehicle at the site of a suicide car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 11, 2015

A suicide car bomber targeted a convoy with foreign troops in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Sunday. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack.

Footage of the explosion showed an armoured vehicle turned on its side as Afghan security forces cordoned off the street in the Joi Sheer neighbourhood. The exact number of casualties is still unknown.

"It was a suicide bombing against a foreign forces convoy in a crowded part of the city and there are casualties," said Najib Danish deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

Afghan security personnel keep watch at the site of a suicide car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan October 11, 2015

It could not be immediately confirmed if the said casualties are among the foreign forces. The Taliban said that they killed a number of foreign fighters in a convoy belonging to NATO.

Fighting between government forces and the Taliban continue on the outskirts of Kunduz, which has currently heightened, after having fell briefly at the end of September.

The International Resolute Support Mission headquarters in Kabul did not immediately confirm details, however, a spokesman verified reports of the incident.

On October 3, a hospital belonging to a medical aid group, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), in the Afghan city of Kunduz was heavily damaged and 22 people were killed after overnight US air strikes.

The war torn city was recently captured by Taliban militants on Monday. The takeover is considered one of the biggest victories for the militants in their nearly 14-year-struggle to regain control of Afghanistan, with a big blow to the Afghan government.

Chief officer of the US-led forces in Afghanistan has apologized to the Afghan president, following the tragic incident. And on October 10, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani selected a committee to investigate the US air strike on the hospital.

WikiLeaks added the Kunduz bombing footage to its most wanted list saying it's "war crime evidence" and is offering $50,000 for any relevant material. The non-profit media organisation on Thursday announced on its website that it is raising bounty for “the footage, the cockpit audio, the inquiry report and other relevant materials such as the Rules of Engagement active at the time.”

TRTWorld and agencies