SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 5 IN AFGHAN ATTACK

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  • Briton killed, at least 33 wounded

Yet another suicide bomber has claimed the lives of five persons, after attacking a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital this morning. One Briton was among the dead, an official release stated. The blast in the east of Kabul wounded 33 people, including many bystanders. This is the latest in a wave of bombings to hit the city as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year.

Taliban insurgents, who were ousted from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying “it targeted foreign invading forces”. Attacks aimed at foreign embassy personnel are less common than the near-daily strikes against Afghan and international military forces on the country’s roads. An official British release confirmed that two embassy personnel, including one British national, were among the five killed.

Eyewitnesses recall seeing at least one survivor being led away from the charred shell of the vehicle on foot by a member of the British security force. The Interior Ministry initially reported that the blast was caused by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle, but later indicated that the bomber was car borne. Today’s bombing was at least the fourth in Kabul since Monday, when two American soldiers were killed in a powerful blast close to the airport.

Extracted and modified from Yahoo News

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