NATO Convoy Attacked by Suicide Bomber in Kandahar
Operation Resolute Support spokesman Captain William Salvin reported that a NATO convoy came under attack on Wednesday by a suicide bomber. According to MSN, the driver rammed a truck laden with explosives into the convoy. Casualties have been reported, although at this point details are extremely sketchy.
Update: Two U.S. Service members were among those killed in this attack. We’ll update when we know more.
Military helicopters reportedly landed and took off at least four times, according to Reuters.
The Taliban immediately took credit for the attack.
The US has not yet released further information, so it is unknown whether US soldiers were killed as a result of the attack. The Taliban claimed that 15 soldiers were killed, but their numbers are always skewed.
Daily Mail reported:
In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban also said the attack destroyed two armored tanks. The insurgents’ spokesman for southern Afghanistan, Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, said fighter Asadullah Kandahari was the “hero” who carried out the attack with a small pick-up truck, packed with explosives.
Kandahar province was the Taliban spiritual heartland and the headquarters of their leadership during the five-year rule of the Taliban, which ended with the U.S. invasion in 2001.
Eyewitness Ghulam Ali, who runs a mechanics shop near the attack site on the outskirts of the city of Kandahar, said the intensity of the blast knocked him out.
When he came to, he saw a military vehicle on fire on the road. He stepped out of his shop but a sudden burst of gunfire drove him back inside, he said. Then, helicopters arrived and he saw soldiers being taken away from the scene but could not determine the extent of their injuries.
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