KABUL, Afghanistan (AA) – At least one civilian was killed and 33 other wounded after a Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vehicle close to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport early Monday, Afghan officials have said.
According to interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi, the attack took place near the military entrance of the airport which is mainly used by NATO-led coalition forces that are based in its eastern wing.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said the suicide bomber targeted a convoy of foreign forces – something not confirmed by government and independent sources.
“At least 10 foreign soldiers and their three Afghan colleagues were killed in the suicide attack,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed.
According Afghan health ministry officials, one dead body and 33 wounded civilians, including 18 children, have been hospitalized.
A NATO spokesman said no member of its organization was involved in the incident.
The Taliban militant group has intensified their attacks on foreign and governmental installations recently.
At least six U.S. military personnel were killed and several others wounded last week after a suicide bomber targeted a foot patrol near Bagram, the biggest American air base in Afghanistan.
Also on Dec. 11 at least four Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a guesthouse belonging to the Spanish embassy in Kabul, killing eight people, including two Spanish nationals, and wounding seven others.
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