KABUL (May 03, 2017): A suspected suicide bomber targeted NATO coalition vehicles near US Embassy in Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, killing about 10 and injuring over 30 others.
According to local media, a huge explosion near the US embassy and a NATO compound rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul.
The blast hit the NATO coalition convoy during the morning rush hour in one of the busiest areas of Kabul. Public health officials in the capital said eight civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded, with a number of civilian vehicles that were near the convoy destroyed or badly damaged.
A Resolute Support Spokesman, U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin, said three U.S. service members were wounded in the attack. The armored personnel carriers, which are designed to withstand large blasts, were able to return to a coalition base under their own power, he said.
The attack follows a threat by the Taliban to target foreign forces in the spring offensive that it launched last week.
Witnesses said traces of blood and clothing could be seen on the ground at the blast site.
The officials also said a number of nearby civilian vehicles were damaged in the blast.
TOLOnews broadcaster reported that the explosion was carried out by a suicide attacker when NATO troops were driving through the Macroyan area.
The blast is also said to have damaged two civilian cars.
According to the Pajhwok news agency, the explosion hit the NATO convoy. The media outlet also reported about 10 people killed and injured.
It is not known if there are any casualties or damage.