Five killed in blast near German Embassy in Kabul

A suicide car bomb attack on Saturday on a heavily guarded road between the German Embassy and a US military base...

Written by Associated Press | Kabul | Published:January 18, 2009 12:19 am

A suicide car bomb attack on Saturday on a heavily guarded road between the German Embassy and a US military base in the Afghan capital killed four Afghan civilians and one US soldier,officials said. The blast also wounded six American soldiers and one US civilian

A separate suicide bomber attacked a convoy of NATO and Afghan police in eastern Afghanistan later in the day,killing one civilian,officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks and said German military personnel in Kabul and other foreign troops in the east were the targets.

US military spokesperson Col Jerry O’Hara said: “They detonated this explosive device right in a crowded area that was used both by civilians and military people,” O’Hara said. Firefighters and soldiers doused burning vehicles with water.

Afghan security personnel and US soldiers carried a US service member out of a window near the blast. Four Afghan civilians died in the blast and many were wounded,said Gen Mohammad Zahir Azimi,the Defense Ministry spokesman.

The German Embassy shares a small,two-lane road with Camp Eggers,a US base that serves as the headquarters for soldiers training Afghan police and army personnel.

Windows inside the compound shattered in the explosion,but the wall is still intact,he said. The spokesman refused to give his name for publication,citing Government policy.

A Taliban spokesman,Zabiullah Mujahid,said a Taliban suicide bomber named Shumse Rehman carried out the attack in a Toyota Corolla. He said the bomber targeted two vehicles believed to be carrying German military officers.

“The Germans have forces in the north of Afghanistan and they are involved in the killing of innocent Afghans. The Taliban will target all those countries who have forces in Afghanistan,” he said.

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