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Suicide bomb strikes outside Kabul airport

Video by Nicolas RUSWORTH

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-08

A suicide bomber targeted Kabul's military airport on Tuesday morning, killing two Afghan civilians and injuring four international soldiers, officials and the military said.

AFP - Two Afghans were killed Tuesday in a suicide bombing on Kabul's military airport which also injured four international soldiers, officials and the military said.
  
Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP: "Two civilians have been martyred, and six civilians have been wounded."
  
Three American soldiers and a Belgian soldier were also wounded in attack, which happened at the main gate of the international military airport just east of Kabul at 8:30 am (0400 GMT), a military spokesman said.
  
"It was a suicide attack outside the main gate of the military base at the airport," Colonel Koziel Bart of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) told AFP.
  
The base had been sealed off, he said, but air operations that were immediately suspended had resumed within an hour, he said.
  
Witnesses said three SUV vehicles had driven towards the gate of the base, and that the third had exploded.
  
The attack comes within weeks of a massive suicide car bomb attack on ISAF's Kabul headquarters, just ahead of elections on August 20 that were overshadowed by Taliban intimidation.
  
The August 15 attack, blamed on the Taliban, which are waging a fierce insurgency against the Western-backed Kabul government and the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan, killed seven Afghan civilians on the spot.

Date created : 2009-09-08

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