October 11, 2015 / 5:03 AM / 2 years ago

Suicide bomber targets foreign forces in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of foreign troops during the Sunday morning rush hour in the Afghan capital, flipping an armored vehicle on its side and wounding at least three civilians.

Afghan security forces talk next to a damaged civilian car at the site of a suicide car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 11, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Taliban insurgents fighting to topple the foreign-backed Kabul government claimed responsibility for the attack, which followed a series of bombings in the city in August.

TV footage showed an armored vehicle from a British convoy on its side as Afghan security forces cordoned off the street in the Joi Sheer neighborhood.

“It was a suicide bombing against a foreign forces convoy in a crowded part of the city and there are casualties,” said Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry.

Danish did not specify whether there were casualties among the foreign forces but an interior ministry statement said three civilians had been wounded.

The U.S.-led Resolute Support military coalition in Kabul confirmed that one of its convoys was struck by a bomb. “No casualties are reported at this time,” said spokesman Colonel Brian Tribus.

The Taliban said Sunday’s attack killed a number of foreign troops. The group typically inflates casualty figures they inflict on Afghan and coalition forces.

The attack came during a period of heightened tension following intense fighting between government troops and the Taliban around the northern city of Kunduz, which fell briefly to the Islamist movement at the end of last month.

Fighting between government forces and the Taliban continues on the outskirts of Kunduz.

Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; writing by James Mackenzie; editing by Nick Macfie

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