A Taliban truck bomb and gun attack yesterday killed eight people in the Afghan capital, Kabul, destroying the entrance to a NATO supply company’s compound in the latest insurgent assault to shake peace efforts.
Four Nepalese and one Romanian were among those killed in the bombing, which came after a series of recent Taliban suicide attacks targeting the Supreme Court, the airport, the presidency and a CIA office.
The US has been pushing for peace talks as 100,000 NATO combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan next year and local security forces take on the fight against the militants.
“Four Nepalese guards, one Afghan guard and two Afghan civilians have been killed,” Kabul police chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said after the attack, which started at about 4:30am.
A Romanian male civilian contractor was also killed and another wounded in the attack, Adrian Kozjacski, head of the Romanian diplomatic mission in Afghanistan said.
The group provides many NATO bases with food, water, fuel and other supplies, as well as maintaining military storage buildings and accommodation.
Its compound is close to UN offices and a string of NATO bases.
Salangi said the attack began with a suicide bomb in a large truck, and two or three insurgents fought guards for about 30 to 40 minutes. All the attackers were killed.
The bomb left a large crater in the ground and reduced walls and a guard post to a pile of rubble and twisted steel. Police said some suicide vests were later detonated by security forces.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault, saying it was “a very effective attack that embarrassed the enemy.”
Mujahid said only three militants had been involved in the “attack on a big foreign base important for NATO logistics.”