Afghan child killed in Kabul bombing targeting Australians
March 02 2018 07:34 PM
Afghan security personnel pictured at the site of a bombing in Kabul on Friday.


At least one child was killed when a suicide attacker detonated a mini truck full of explosives in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, officials said.
The victim was a small girl, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, Mohammad Ismail Kawoosi, told DPA.
The car bombing targeted vehicles from the Australian embassy, the Australian Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed in a statement.
"Today, a suspected vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device was detonated near Australian Embassy vehicles while they were travelling in Kabul," the statement by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the website of the embassy said on Friday.
Australians were not injured, according to the statement.
Afghan officials said that, in addition to the one child who was killed, 22 other civilians were injured in the attack that happened on one of the largest traffic arteries through the Afghan capital, Jalalabad Road.
Contrary to earlier information given by the Afghan Interior Ministry, the target was not an international military convoy.
Confirming a car bombing in the police district nine of Kabul, a spokesman for Nato mission Resolute Support, Tom Gresback, said, "We can confirm that the target was not a Nato convoy."
No Resolute Support service members were injured in the incident, Gresback added.
Ministry of the Interior spokesman Najib Danish corrected his previous stance by saying: "We don't know whether the convoy was a Nato military convoy or one of foreign civilian contractors, but what I can tell you is that a convoy of foreigners was targeted in today's
car bombing."
Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid told DPA earlier that the suicide attacker had targeted a site on Jalalabad Road in the Qabel Bay area.
The explosion site is close to two large work and living compounds of the United Nations and other international organisations.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
On Wednesday, delegates from 26 countries came together in Kabul to discuss ways for the Afghan government to make peace with the Taliban movement.

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