Taliban attack Kabul NATO supply compound, at least 7 dead

    2013/07/04

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At least seven people were killed in a suicide attack on the compound of a foreign logistics and supply company in Afghanistan's capital early Tuesday morning, Afghan police said. According to Reuters, "The Taliban claimed responsibility for the early morning attack in an area in the north of Kabul used by a number of foreign companies supplying NATO forces in Afghanistan. Kabul police chief General Ayoub Salangi said two truck drivers working for the foreign logistics company and four Nepalese guards were killed in the attack.

Three other employees were wounded, he said. The attack began when one of the insurgents drove an explosives-laden truck into a vehicle bay in the compound north of Kabul airport, detonating an explosion that left a crater six metres (20 feet) deep and about 15 metres wide. Three other attackers then engaged in a gunfight with Afghan security forces for up to an hour before they were killed, Salangi said. Three vests packed with explosives were recovered from the scene, he said.

A Reuters witness said he saw the bodies of two people being carried away, although it was not clear if they were those of the attackers or of other victims. Atiqullah, a 54-year-old truck driver for the company, said at least four co-workers had been wounded in the attack.

The Taliban, in an emailed statement from spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack and said its fighters had entered what it described as "an important foreign base and logistics warehouse". It was the latest in a series of high-profile assaults by insurgents in Kabul."
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