Afghan security personnel investigate at the site of a
suicide attack in Kabul. Photo by Reuters
A suicide bomber has killed two Afghan guards outside a
NATO-run compound in the main diplomatic area of the Afghan
capital, Kabul, in an attack that was quickly claimed by the
"The bomber killed himself in front of the compound. Two
people were killed and two more were wounded, all Afghan
guards," said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh.
A second man wearing an explosives-laden vest also approached
the front of the compound but was shot dead by Afghan
security forces, a statement from the Kabul police chief
said. It said five civilians were also wounded.
The bomber struck near the sprawling base known as Camp
Eggers, the headquarters of the NATO training mission and
home to some 2500 trainers from the multinational coalition.
Dozens of police swarmed to the area, where shattered glass
from cars lay on the ground, and cordoned it off.
The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, which
happened at 8.20am (local time), Taliban spokesman Zabihullah
Mujahid told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed
Violence is intensifying across Afghanistan ahead of the
planned withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of 2014,
sparking concerns over how the 350,000-strong Afghan security
forces will be able to manage.
At least a dozen embassies, including the U.S. and British
missions, and the headquarters of the NATO-led International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) are all near the area of the