Suicide attack kills three Afghans

A suicide car bomber hit a convoy of international soldiers in Kabul today, killing three Afghans caught up in the blast, police said.

The attack targeted two armoured SUVs, causing minor damage to the vehicles. Lt Col David Johnson, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, said none of the soldiers was hurt. He did not immediately know the nationalities of the troops.

US troops in Humvees from a base on the outskirts of Kabul cordoned off the area shortly after the attack.

The blast killed three Afghans and wounded four, said Mohammad Aslam. Small shops line the road, and pedestrians frequently walk alongside the busy route.

A father wailed and beat himself after the bombing, saying a child of his was killed in the blast. Children’s shoes lay in the road after the bombing.

The attack took place on a road leading to several military bases frequently targeted by bombers.

Militants have increased their use of suicide attacks in the last two years. They typically target Afghan and international police and soldiers, but Afghan civilians are often killed and wounded in the attacks.

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