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Suicide bomb targets NATO convoy outside Kabul airport

The blast was heard across the Afghan capital,which has seen a recent drop in insurgent attack this year.

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.”

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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.

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

First published on: 11-12-2013 at 12:51:59 pm
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