27 November 2014 - Suicide bomber in Kabul targets British embassy
British embassy in Afghanistan attacked by suicide bomber
Tom Phillips (The Telegraph)
A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, an embassy spokesman said, adding that the vehicle was not carrying any British diplomats.
The powerful explosion shook the east of Kabul at around 10.30am on Thursday, Hashmat Stanekazai, a spokesperson for the Kabul police, told the Pajhwok news agency.
A giant column of smoke could be seen rising into the air around the city’s Pul-e-Charkhi Road.
The attack was the work of a “suicide attacker on a motorcycle” and had deliberately targeted “foreign vehicles”, General Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the country’s Deputy Interior Minister, told reporters.
Jason Burke (The Guardian)
Four people have been killed, including at least one foreigner, in a suicide attack on a British diplomatic convoy in Kabul on Thursday that left diplomatic staff and dozens of bystanders injured.
The bomber on a motorcycle attacked on the Jalalabad Road in east of the Afghan capital, destroying three vehicles. The area was reported to be jammed with traffic.
There has been no confirmation of the casualty figures. The British embassy in the Afghan capital has confirmed that at least one of their vehicles had been attacked and four people had been hurt.
A spokesman for the British embassy said: “A British embassy vehicle was attacked today. There have been some injuries.
Staff (BBC News)
At least five people were killed and about 30 injured, officials say. Their nationalities are unclear but some reports suggest most victims were Afghan bystanders.
The bomber struck on a motorcycle, according to officials. The Taliban say they carried out the attack.
Taliban insurgents have stepped up attacks as most foreign troops prepare to leave Afghanistan next month.
Thursday's blast was heard across eastern parts of the city on Thursday morning. It comes three days after two US soldiers were killed in a bomb attack on Nato forces, also in eastern Kabul.
Harriet Alexander (The Telegraph)
08.11 Our Asia correspondent Tom Phillips has been finding out more from the Afghan news agencies.
Ayub Salangi, an Interior Ministry spokesperson, says the motorcycle bomber was seen "ramming" into the British embassy car, according the Pajhwok news agency.
An eyewitness said a number of other vehicles were also damaged.
07.55 We are still trying to bring you more details about the attack.
This is the latest from a freelance journalist in Kabul.
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