Thursday, March 13, 2008


Afghanistan - Suicide Bomber

Suicide bomb kills 6 in Afghan capital

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press Writer 53 minutes ago

KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide car bomber struck a convoy carrying U.S. troops near the Kabul airport Thursday, killing six Afghan civilians, officials said.

None of the four American troops traveling in a two-vehicle convoy were badly wounded, said Lt. Col. David Johnson, a spokesman for U.S. forces. The troops were traveling in one SUV and one truck, he said.

The fiery hull of the bomber's car burned on the main airport road long after the attack. Several other vehicles were damaged in the explosion.

Deputy Interior Minister Munir Mangal said six Afghan civilians were killed and up to 20 others were wounded in the blast. The attacker was driving a white Toyota Corolla, he said.

U.S. troops and international security contractors surrounded the area after the attack.

Insurgents detonated 160 suicide attacks in 2007, a record number, the U.N. has said. Last year was the deadliest in the country since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion with more than 8,000 insurgency related deaths year, the U.N. said.

A U.S. security man inspects the site as other guards near the U.S. damaged vehicle after a suicide attack on U.S. troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 13, 2008. A suicide car bomber struck an armored vehicle carrying U.S. troops near the city's airport Thursday. The blast killed at least six Afghan civilians and wounded up to 20 others, officials said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
AP Photo: A U.S. security man inspects the site as other guards near the U.S. damaged vehicle...


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