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Suicide Bomber Targets Minibus In Kabul


Afghan security forces inspect the damage of a minibus that was hit by a suicide attacker in Kabul on June 20.

Afghan police say at least 14 foreigners have been killed by a Taliban suicide bomber who targeted their minibus in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said eight others were wounded in the early morning attack on June 20.

Seddiqi said the minibus was carrying Nepalese security guards who worked “for a foreign company” when it was attacked on the main highway leading from Kabul to the eastern city of Jalalabad.

But authorities said there also may have been foreigners from other countries on the minibus and that they were working to identify the nationalities of all of the victims.

It was not immediately clear which company the security guards were working for.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed the Taliban was responsible for the attack, saying on Twitter that the suicide bomber intentionally targeted “guards of foreign invaders."

Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said the suicide bomber appears to have studied the daily routine of the security guards -- waiting for their bus to leave their compound shortly after dawn and approaching the vehicle on foot before detonating his explosives.

It follows a deadly suicide attack on April 19 that killed at least 64 people and wounded more than 340 in eastern Kabul on the same highway leading to Jalalabad.

It also follows a coordinated attack on June 1 by a group of suicide bombers and gunmen who targeted a provincial court in the city of Ghazni.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both of those attacks, saying they were taking revenge for the execution of six Taliban prisoners.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, Reuters, and BBC
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