KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up near a NATO base in Kabul's heavily-fortified diplomatic district on Wednesday, killing two Afghan security guards and wounding two government officials, police said.
The Taliban, leading an insurgency against US-led troops and the Afghan government, claimed responsibility and said the target was a CIA office. "One suicide attacker and two security guards were killed in the attack and one security guard was injured," Kabul police chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi told AFP, dismissing reports that a second bomber was involved.
"Two members of the defence ministry who were inside their car parked at the site of the attack have also been wounded."
Salangi said the bomber, who was wearing a security guard's uniform and was carrying an automatic rifle and grenades, came under fire but managed to detonate his explosives. Shrapnel hit a passing vehicle of NATO's International Security Assistance Force but no personnel were injured, a spokesman said. "All ISAF bases in the green zone are secure," he added.
A suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul's diplomatic district on Wednesday, killing two people, a government official said.
"It was a suicide attack. Two people were killed, one a private security guard, another a civilian," an Interior Ministry spokesman told AFP. Another civilian was wounded, he said.