Taliban tactics in Afghanistan now include female suicide bombers as well as suidce car bombs and insurgents dressed in Afghan National Army uniforms according to a report Saturday by Jim Garamone of the American Forces Press Service.
The New York Times is reporting that 17 were killed – including American forces, civilian contractors and Afghans. The suicide car bomb attack on a bus carrying personnel is said to be the deadliest attack on Americans in Kabul since the war began.
The Washington Post is reporting 16 were killed when a suicide bomber swerved a van into the armored military bus.
Below is the latest article from the American Forces Press Service article:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2011 – A car bomb smashed into an International Security Assistance Force convoy in Kabul today killing 13 coalition personnel, NATO officials said.
Five of the dead are service members, and eight are ISAF civilian employees. The attack injured several Afghans and coalition personnel as well as innocent Afghan civilian.
News reports out of Kabul say the Taliban took credit for the car bomb attack, and reports indicate the car ran into what is popularly called a Rhino — essentially an armored bus.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was informed of the convoy attack soon after it happened. “His heart goes out to those who were killed and wounded, and to their families,” said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. “Continuing our aggressive pursuit of the enemy will honor their sacrifice, and he is determined that the United States – working closely with our Afghan and NATO partners – will do precisely that.”
A second attack in southern Afghanistan took the lives of three more coalition personnel and wounded others when a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform shot the soldiers.
ISAF Commander U.S. Marine Gen. John R. Allen condemned today’s terrorist attacks.
You can read the full article HERE.
- Afghanistan: 13 American troops killed in Kabul suicide car bomb attack (telegraph.co.uk)