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3 NATO soldiers killed in Kabul bomb attack

English.news.cn   2013-12-27 20:02:58            

KABUL, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- Three soldiers of the NATO-led ISAF coalition forces were killed in a suicide car bombing in Afghan capital of Kabul on Friday, the coalition forces confirmed.

"Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following a suicide vehicle-born improvised explosive device attack in Kabul, Afghanistan today" the ISAF said in a statement.

Following the attack the Taliban insurgent group claimed the responsibility for the incident.

At least six Afghan civilians were also wounded in the attack which occurred at around 1:00 p.m. local time (0830 GMT Friday) in Pul-e-Charkhi road which is also called Jalalabad road, Kabul police Chief told local media.

The ISAF statement did not disclose the nationalities of the victims under the ISAF policy.

The police said one armored military vehicle was completely destroyed and several other civilian and military cars were wrecked due to the strong explosion in the area where many military centers and local construction companies are located.

The blast took place when the convoy was running close to the Camp Phoenix, a NATO base involved in training of Afghan security forces, witness Khoja Ahmad told Xinhua.

Several nearby houses and shops were also damaged in the incident, he noted.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group launched rebel offensive in April against Afghan and ISAF forces.

More than 84,000-strong ISAF troops, down from the peak of 130, 000 in 2010, are currently being deployed in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is due to take over the leadership of its own security duties from U.S. and NATO forces by the end of 2014.


Editor: Fu Peng
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