At least nine Afghan civilians and three U.S. civilian contractors were killed Saturday in a powerful suicide car bombing in Kabul, officials said.
A vehicle of DynCorp International carrying staff members was “tragically attacked,” the company said on its website. They were contractors of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, according to an e-mailed statement.
More than 60 others -- all civilians including women and children -- were wounded, said Wahidullah Mayar, a Health Ministry spokesman. No one has claimed responsibility.
The blast follows a series of attacks by the Taliban in the Afghan capital in recent weeks that killed or wounded hundreds after the government announced the death of former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. Taliban guerrilla weren’t behind Saturday’s attack, the militant group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said in an e-mail.
The bomb damaged at least 10 vehicles, including a school minibus that was taking students home, and shattered windows in a crowded area of the Macroryan neighborhood, Ebadullah Karimi, a Kabul police spokesman, said by phone.