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Turkish soldier killed in attack on embassy vehicle in Kabul

By Associated Press 26/2/2015
 Afghan security personal inspect a damaged vehicle at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP
Afghan security personal inspect a damaged vehicle at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. Photograph: Rahmat Gul/AP
KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives targeted a Turkish Embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital during the Thursday morning rush hour, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding another.

The Turkish military said in a brief statement that the attack targeted a vehicle carrying a team tasked with protecting Ambassador Ismail Aramaz, the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan. It said one Turkish soldier was killed and another was wounded, without providing further details.

The blast took place outside the gate of the Iranian Embassy, which is adjacent to the Turkish mission in the center of Kabul.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast in a text message to media, saying the target was a "convoy of foreigners' vehicles."

Associated Press television footage showed two black armored vehicles bearing Turkish diplomatic plates and at least one wounded person being carried from a car.

It is the first known attack on a Turkish target in the Afghan capital. The last similar suicide car bomb attack in Kabul took place near the airport in January.

Insurgent attacks in the capital have been intermittent in recent months as winter has closed in, limiting access for militants who are believed to be based across the mountainous border in Pakistan.

The Afghan government hopes to open a dialogue with the Taliban's leadership in the near future, which could lead to peace talks in the coming year or two, officials and diplomats have said.

In the meantime, the insurgents are expected to intensify their attacks in order to enter any talks from a position of strength.

Comments

 
Riha | 26/2/2015
Turkey helped NATO in the rape and plunder and chaos of Afghanistan. The dead little girls and boys and civilians and brutal torture and rape Afghans are witnessing because of NATO. God sees everything ,Turks and NATO will get punished for this. Just read this article of torture in Afghanistan. http://www.darkmoon.me/2014/rape-dogs-used-america-afghanistan/
Nest | 26/2/2015
So was it the Turkish or Iranian embassy they were targetting?
Gerdi | 26/2/2015
Sorry my first comment was ment for the other article,

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