Suicide bomber targets foreigners in Afghanistan

Suicide-bomberA coaliton official said on Thursday a suicide car bombing in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital killed and injured dozens of civilians including a half-dozen ISAF forces.

The attacker targeted a convoy of coalition forces in Kabul. An Interior Ministry spokesman said that, at least six civilians were killed and 30 were injured. The fatalities included at least two children.

The NATO-led force said that two International Security Assistance Force service members and four ISAF-contracted civilians died following an improvised explosive device attack in Kabul.

It is unclear whether the four ISAF-contracted civilians were among the six civilians cited by the Interior Ministry.

But ISAF commander Gen. Joseph Dunford noted that “dozens” of Afghans were killed or injured.

Dunford said in a statement that, “The insurgents deliberately exploded a bomb today in a residential area of the most populated city in Afghanistan.”

“The insurgents use these desperate and indiscriminate acts of violence to slow the momentum of Afghanistan’s progress. The insurgents cannot offer the Afghan people a better future. All they can offer is violence and oppression.”

The responsibility of this attack has been claimed by the insurgent group Hezb-e Islami of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

Hekmatyar, A one-time prime minister has been against the government and the presence of the foreign forces in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

He is not under the Taliban leadership but operates alongside them. The incident comes during the Taliban’s spring offensive.

Haroon Zarghon, a spokesman for the group said that, “We had planned this for days before we got a chance to target American advisers.”