Afghan suicide attack hits UK embassy car

Afghan security forces inspect the site of blast in Kabul
Afghan security forces inspect the site of blast in Kabul
Afghan security forces inspect the site of blast in Kabul

A suicide bomber has struck a British embassy vehicle in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, causing casualties among Afghan civilians.

At least three people were killed and about 30 others injured, officials say. It is not clear whether the embassy vehicle was the target of the attack reported BBC.

Officials say a bomber on a motorcycle had struck a foreign convoy.

At least five Afghan civilians were killed and 34 others wounded Thursday morning when a suicide car bombing targeted a British embassy armoured vehicle in eastern Kabul, sources said.

The British embassy in Kabul confirmed one of its vehicles came under attack, but details about the people inside the vehicle are not immediately available, according to Afghan media.

Afghan health officials confirmed that five Afghan civilians were killed and 34 others, including five children, were injured, in the blast.

“A bomber hit his explosives-packed vehicle into a diplomatic armoured vehicle in Yakatoot, an area along Pul-e-Charkhi on Jalalabad road at 10:.0 a.m. (0600 GMT),” a security source who declined to be named told Xinhua near the site.

Government troops cordoned off the area shortly after the blast, keeping people from gathering at the scene for fears that there might be a second blast.

The victims were shifted to nearby hospitals by ambulances and police vehicles.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks as most foreign combat 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.

President Ashraf Ghani, who came to power in September, has vowed to bring peace to the country after decades of conflict.

About 12,000 Nato soldiers are expected to remain to train and advise Afghan security forces from 1 January.

A separate US-led force will assist Afghan troops in some operations against the Taliban. The security pacts with Nato and the US are yet to be ratified by the Afghan upper house.