KABUL (dpa) – One Turkish soldier and one Afghan civilian were killed in a suicide attack on Thursday that targeted the vehicle of a top NATO official in Kabul, officials said.
“Two people were killed in the attack this morning, including an Afghan passerby,” said Hashmat Stanikzai, a Kabul police spokesman.
“A Turkish soldier has been martyred,” said a Turkish diplomat who requested anonymity.
The lone suicide bomber, who was driving a car, struck the convoy of Turkish diplomat Ismail Aramaz, NATO’s most senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, one NATO official said.
Aramaz, who was previously Turkey’s ambassador to Afghanistan and took up his current post in January, was not in the car when the attack took place.
The dead Turkish soldier was a member of Aramaz’ protection team, the NATO official said on condition of anonymity. One other person was injured.
The bomber was also killed in the explosion, Stanikzai said.
The Taleban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a message that “a convoy of the foreign invaders” was their target.
An Afghan bystander told dpa, “A white Toyota Corolla car came in great speed and crashed against the NATO vehicle, a Mercedez Benz with Turkish flag stickers, and then immediately the car exploded.”
“I saw two seriously injured being taken away,” the man said.