by Haleem

Xinhua News

Sept 16, 2014


KABUL, Sept. 16 — Two suicide bombings conducted by militants in Afghanistan since Monday night have claimed the lives of three soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) besides turning to ashes more than 20 oil tankers.

In the latest suicide bombing occurred in central part of Kabul city Tuesday morning, at least three ISAF soldiers were killed and 13 Afghan civilians sustained injuries.

“We can confirm three International Security Assistance Force ( ISAF) members died as a result of an enemy attack in Kabul today. Currently, Afghan officials and ISAF are reviewing the incident,” the NATO-led ISAF said in the statement released here hour after the deadly suicide bombing.

The attack took place at around 8:10 a.m. local time Tuesday when the bomber targeted an ISAF convoy in a four-line street which leads to the Kabul international airport and U.S. embassy.

However, the statement gave neither the nationalities of the victims nor the details about the incident under the ISAF policy.

Furthermore, 13 Afghan civilians were wounded and 17 civilian cars and several military vehicles were destroyed or damaged in the blast, according to Afghan Interior Ministry.

Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit in talks with media via telephone from unknown location accepted responsibility for the attack, saying a Taliban suicide bomber targeted foreign forces convoy destroying two military vehicles on the spot.

In a similar incident hours earlier, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a parking lot of oil tankers in the border town of Torkham linking Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province to Peshawar of Pakistan late Monday night, burning to ashes more than 20 oil tankers.

Confirming the incident, spokesman for Nangarhar’s provincial government, Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told reporters that 22 oil tankers were burned due to the attack.

Meantime, Taliban purported spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in talks with media claimed responsibility. He said a group of militants including suicide bombers stormed the parking lot of NATO-led forces’ oil tankers Monday night, and besides burning dozens of oil tankers, also inflicted huge casualties to the troops, a claim rebuffed by Abdulzai as groundless.

NATO-led forces in a separate statement released Tuesday also confirmed that a service member of the alliance was killed on Monday, as a result of “an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turning his weapon against ISAF members in western Afghanistan yesterday.”




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