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Suicide bomb targets NATO convoy outside Kabul airport

Written by Pti | Kabul | Posted: December 11, 2013 12:51 pm

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle near a NATO military convoy entering Kabul airport Wednesday,killing himself but causing no other casualties,officials said.

The blast was heard across the Afghan capital,which has seen a recent drop in insurgent attacks after several high-profile strikes earlier this year.

“We can confirm a suicide car bombing that targeted an ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) convoy coming to Kabul International Airport,” a spokeswoman with the NATO force said.

“The vehicle detonated too early and didn’t reach the convoy. There were no ISAF casualties.”

Interior ministry spokesman Sidiq Sediqqi confirmed the attack on the heavily fortified airport,which houses a major NATO military base as well as operating civilian flights to destinations including Dubai,New Delhi and Istanbul.

Sediqqi said there were no Afghan casualties in the incident.

A series of suicide bomb and gun attacks earlier this year targeted foreign compounds,the Supreme Court,the airport and the presidential palace in the capital.

In October,a similar car bomb attack killed two civilians outside a compound housing foreign workers near the airport.

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