The Latest: Afghan ministry says 19 wounded in Kabul attack

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The latest news on a suicide attack in the Afghan capital targeting a NATO convoy on the Kabul airport road, near the U.S. Embassy.

3:05 p.m. (1035 GMT)

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul on Tuesday.

The claim came in a text message sent to The Associated Press.

Interior Ministry spokesman Seddiq Sediqqi says one civilian was killed in the attack, which also wounded 19 people.

The attack took place less than a kilometer (half mile) from the US Embassy.

It comes as insurgents intensify their spring offensive, which was launched in April.

2:30 p.m. (1000 GMT)

The chief health official for Kabul hospitals says 19 people have been wounded in the suicide blast in Kabul.

Kabir Amiri says the wounded include four children and three women.

The attack took place near the U.S. Embassy, during early afternoon prayers. Embassy spokeswoman Heather Easton said all embassy personnel were accounted for.

NATO spokesman US Army Col. Brian Tribus says “no coalition casualties were caused by the attack.”

An eyewitness, Ahmad Farhad, says he saw a car ram into “the convoy of foreign forces.” He says vehicles were damaged and there were wounded everywhere, with “no one to help them.”

 

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