Candace Rondeaux and Javed Hamdard
Thursday, Nov 27, 2008
Four Afghan nationals were killed and 17 injured in a suicide car bomb attack near the U.S. Embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul Thursday morning, U.S. state department officials said.
The attack occurred around 8:30 a.m. when a man driving a Toyota Corolla detonated a load of explosives about 200 yards from the U.S. Embassy. Witnesses said a line of what looked like U.S. military vehicles had just passed by, an may have been the intended target of the attack. Witnesses and Afghan police said the military convoy, however, was well out of range of the blast and no American soldiers were injured.
The powerful explosion, in busy rush hour traffic in the heart of Kabul, damaged cars and blew out the windows of several apartments in a nearby high-rise building.
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There were no visible signs of damage to the heavily fortified embassy compound. The U.S. State Department said no coalition forces were injured or killed in the attack, and all embassy personnel had been accounted for and were unharmed.
Americans and other Westerners were entering the embassy compound to participate in a Thanksgiving Fun Run when the bomb went off, sending some participants sprinting for the embassy gates, the Associated Press reported.
Mirwais, a driver for a local aid agency who was on the road outside the compound where the blast occurred, said the military convoy had already passed well out of range when he saw the Toyota Corolla try to speed ahead to catch the passing U.S. patrol. “Suddenly there was a huge blast and there was so much black smoke I could barely see,” said Mirwais, who like many Afghans uses only one name. “All of the windows of my car were smashed, but I, thank God, survived.”
This article was posted: Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 11:32 am