Moe's Jihad News: German Embassy in Kabul gets hit

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Suicide bomb attack on German embassy in Kabul kills four Afghans

* Mymymymymy! What happened here? And I thought the Germans were safe because they refused shooting at the Taliban!

A suicide car bomb attack outside the German embassy in Kabul has killed at least four Afghan civilians and injured five American soldiers.

Suicide attack on German embassy in Kabul kills four    

Several passing Afghan vehicles were caught in the blast Photo: EPA

The saloon car packed with explosives rammed a jeep driven by the American soldiers who were guarding a petrol tanker making a fuel delivery close to the embassy according to witnesses.

The powerful blast sent a plume of black smoke into the air and set fire to nearby cars, buildings and trees.

Several passing Afghan vehicles were caught in the blast at around 9.45 am local time (5.15 GMT), in the heart of one of Kabul’s most secure districts.

The bomber struck on a road lined with high concrete blast barriers that runs between the German embassy and Camp Eggers, the headquarters of a US unit that trains the Afghan army and police. The presidential palace and United Nations headquarters in Afghanistan lie immediately behind Camp Eggers.

Medical officials said at least 14 civilians had been taken to hospital.

Witnesses said at least one female soldier was injured and another soldier had been blown high up onto a compound wall.

Dr Gulam Farooq Hamkar, 60, a mathematician at the nearby Academy of Science of Afghanistan, said he had helped pull the injured from burning vehicles. “We were busy working when it happened. All the windows were blown in and we were covered with glass. Many of the injured were very badly hurt and some had all their clothes burned off.”

Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said a suicide bomber named Shumse Rehman carried out the attack in a Toyota Corolla and had been targeting German soldiers. “The Germans have forces in the north of Afghanistan and they are involved in the killing of innocent Afghans,” he said. “The Taliban will target all those countries who have forces in Afghanistan.”

The German embassy said none on its personnel had been killed, but some are believed to have been wounded.

Germany has 3,200 troops in mainly in northern Afghanistan with the Nato-led coalition, but the German government has stipulated they cannot take part in combat operations.

A report released yesterday by the Afghanistan NGO Security Office, which provides security information for aid workers, said the number of gun, rocket and suicide attacks in Afghanistan rose by more than half last year.

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