Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on NATO convoy in Kabul


A powerful blast targeting an armoured North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy in Kabul killed at least eight people and wounded 28 Wednesday, including three coalition troops, officials said in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Two of the vehicles was badly damaged, along with several other passing cars, AFP reports.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who visited Kabul last month as Washington seeks to craft a new strategy in Afghanistan, warned of "another tough year" in the war-torn country for both foreign troops and local forces.

A vehicle bomb targeted a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy in capital Kabul during rush hour traffic on Wednesday, leaving at least 8 civilians dead, officials said.

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry, said at least eight Afghan civilians were killed and another 25 were injured in the bombing in downtown Kabul near the USA embassy.

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Images from the scene showed a auto on fire and armored Humvees damaged.

No individual group has claimed responsibility for the vehicle bombing but it follows the announcement by the Taliban that it would resume its targeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in a spring offensive launched last week. The group is fighting to overthrow the country's US-backed government.

Three coalition service members were wounded.

The Afghan civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts as 715 civilians were killed and over 1,460 others injured in conflict-related incidents across Afghanistan in the first three months of the year, according to figures released by the United Nations mission in the country.

The lone attacker targeted a convoy of foreign troops' armored vehicles in the Macroryan area close to the USA military base in Kabul at around 8 a.m. local time (0430GMT).

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