KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban launched a suicide car bomb attack on a NATO military convoy in Afghanistan’s capital on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding 26 others, including two U.S. soldiers, officials said.
The blast sent a huge plume of black smoke over the city and scattered glass and metal across the main highway to Kabul’s airport.
Kabul deputy police chief Sayed Gulagha said a suicide bomber struck the convoy with a vehicle packed with explosives. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said two Afghan civilians were killed and at least 24 wounded, some critically.
A spokeswoman for NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Capt. Susan Harrington, said two American troops sustained minor injuries in the attack.
The Taliban sent a text message to The Associated Press claiming responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a series of attacks in recent months targeting foreign convoys, hotels and residences used by foreigners in the capital, Kabul.
At least two of the convoy’s armored vehicles were badly damaged in the explosion, which happened less than a kilometer (half a mile) from the American Embassy. Embassy spokeswoman Heather Eaton said all personnel were accounted for.
Witnesses said the attack happened during early afternoon prayers, and that people who rushed out of a nearby mosque had turned on the foreign soldiers and journalists, throwing stones at them.