A car bomber attacked a Nato convoy in the Afghan capital today, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30, officials said.
The suicide bomber attacked the convoy in the east of Kabul with a car packed with explosives, Kabul provincial police spokesman Hashmad Stanakzi said.
“The explosion was very big. It set the nearby buildings on fire,” he added. “The casualty numbers are high and mostly civilian.”
Kabul deputy police chief Daud Amin said it was difficult to immediately estimate the number of dead because the blast shredded many of the victims. “We saw two dead bodies of children on the ground, but the rest of the bodies were scattered in pieces around.”
Two Kabul hospitals reported that at least six dead and 37 wounded were brought in from the scene, city hospitals chief Kabir Amiri said, adding that the toll could increase as more hospitals report in.
The bodies were too badly charred to immediately identify, he added.
A Muslim militant group, Hizb-e-Islami, claimed the early morning attack.
A spokesman, Haroon Zarghoon, said one of the movement’s operatives carried out the attack on what he described as two vehicles of American advisers. He claimed that most of the American advisers were killed and their vehicles destroyed, though neither Afghan nor coalition officials have confirmed any foreign casualties. Afghan insurgents often exaggerate the success of their attacks.
Hizb-e-Islami is headed by 65-year-old former warlord Gubuddin Hekmatyar, a former Afghan prime minister and one-time US ally who is now listed as a terrorist by Washington. The militia has thousands of fighters and followers across the country’s north and east.
Today’s attack was the second in eight months claimed by Hizb-e-Islami. In September, the militant group claimed a suicide car bombing that killed least 12 people. Hizb-e-Islami said the attack was revenge for the film Innocence Of Muslims, which was made by an Egyptian-born US citizen and infuriated Muslims for its negative depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.