Suicide Bomber Targets Foreign Contractor Compound in Kabul

News - Afghanistan


A suicide car bomber has targeted the compound of a foreign contracting company in east Kabul on Monday, killing one civilian and injuring 15 others, including two foreign nationals, security officials said.

The attack took place at about 11:00 am local time when a suicide bomber in a car detonated his explosives at the compound of Contrack International, a US company in the Pul-i-Charkhi area of Kabul, Interior Ministry Spokesman Sediq Sediqi said.

Officials said most of the victims were civilians and that the injured are taken to a nearby hospital.

Eyewitnesses said that several people, including employees of the company, were injured in the attack.

"I heard a heavy blast. More than 30 people were injured or killed and they were being taken away in ambulances," an eyewitness told TOLOnews.

Nato troops are also in the area following the blast.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility, saying nearly a hundred people - including the head of the foreign company - were killed. Those claims were not independently verified. The Taliban routinely exaggerate casualty figures.

Contrack International Inc., an international construction company founded in 1985, carries out projects in different countries, including Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, and Afghanistan.

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