A suicide bombing attack injured two US engineers and two
Afghans on Sunday on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, capital of
A Xinhua journalist at the site saw several US Humvee vehicles
were staying there, and some US soldiers carrying machineguns had
condoned off the spot. Some shattered glass were scattering at the
A witness said an attacker belted with explosives rushed to a
white car at around 2:45 PM local time, and blew himself up,
injuring two US engineers and two Afghans in the car.
An official with Afghan Interior Ministry, who refused to name
himself, confirmed the casualties with Xinhua.
The official said, the enemies of Afghanistan, a term used to
refer to the Taliban, was behind the attack.
The engineers had been constructing a jail nearby for the Afghan
government to keep suspected militants and those released by the US
military from the Guantanamo Bay of Cuba.
The US government agreed months ago to hand over all Afghan
detainees at the Guantanamo Bay back to this country.
Also on Sunday, a suicide car bombing killed one civilian and
wounded four others, some of whom were in serious condition, in the
southern Kandahar province.
The attack occurred at around 9:20 AM local time in Mirwais Mina
area of Kandahar city, the provincial capital.
The attacker was killed in the explosion, which apparently was
targeting a Canadian military convoy passing by.
A total of 173 persons had been killed by suicide bombings in
Afghanistan this year, and 151 of them were Afghan civilians, NATO
troops said on Wednesday.
Due to rising Taliban-linked insurgence this year, Afghanistan
has plunged into the worst spate of violence since the Taliban
regime was toppled in late 2001.
Over 23,00 persons, mostly Taliban rebels, were killed in this
Central Asian country in the past nine months.
(Xinhua News Agency September 18, 2006)