Taliban Suicide Bomb Kills at Least 17 in Kabul

A Taliban suicide car bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killed 17 people yesterday, at least 12 of them Americans, in the deadliest attack on coalition forces since August.

An improvised bomb in a vehicle caused “a number of casualties,” the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said on its website. It later said the victims included five ISAF service members and eight ISAF civilian employees.

“Our common enemy continues to employ suicide attackers to kill innocent Afghan fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, as well as the coalition forces who have volunteered to protect them,” General John Allen, the coalition commander, said in an e-mailed statement.

Three civilians and a policeman also died after the suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of coalition forces at 11:30 a.m. Afghan time, police said in an e-mailed statement. An ISAF vehicle was “severely” damaged, the ISAF statement said.

A Canadian soldier was among those killed, the Department of National Defence said in a statement. The U.K. government said two British nationals were also among the 13 ISAF personnel who died. “Next of kin have been informed,” the Foreign Office in London said in an e-mailed statement today.

The Taliban are responsible, Zabihullah Mujahed, a spokesman for the movement, said in a mobile-phone text message. As a result of the car bomb, 16 foreigners were killed and injured and one civilian died, Mujahed said.

The blast happened as the convoy was passing the American University, sparking a fireball and littering the street with shrapnel, according to the Associated Press, which called it the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in more than two months.

Shooting

Allen’s statement said there were two other attacks in Afghanistan yesterday. Three people were killed and several wounded when a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his gun on Afghan and coalition forces in the southern part of the country.

Three Australian soldiers were killed and seven wounded in the incident, the Australian Department of Defense said in a statement on its website today. An Afghan soldier carried out the shooting in the Kandahar province and was shot dead by coalition forces, the Australian newspaper reported today, citing Gen. Abdul Hameed, an army commander

In the eastern province of Kunar, a teenage girl carried out a suicide attack that wounded several people at a National Directorate of Security building, Allen said in his statement.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eltaf Najafizada in Kabul at enajafizada1@bloomberg.net; John Hughes in Washington at jhughes5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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