German soldier killed in Kabul car bomb attack
14 November 2005, KABUL - Two suicide bomb attacks in Kabul on Monday left four persons dead and several others wounded in bloodshed for which the radical Islamic Taleban rebels claimed responsibility.
14 November 2005
KABUL - Two suicide bomb attacks in Kabul on Monday left four persons dead and several others wounded in bloodshed for which the radical Islamic Taleban rebels claimed responsibility.
In the first suicide car bomb attack at the Afghanistan election commission offices, a German soldier of the international security force ISAF and an Afghan civilian were killed, along with the suicide bomber.
The attack also left another German soldier seriously wounded and a third with slight wounds, according to Afghan Interior Ministry and ISAF officials.
Some 90 minutes later, a further suicide blast in the same street - Jalalabad Road - and not far from the first attack left a woman and a child dead, along with the suicide bomber.
After the second explosion, British ISAF soldiers and Afghan police opened fire on an approaching car which failed to stop at a road block.
The Interior Ministry said that there were three occupants in the car, one of whom was wounded and the other two arrested.
An ISAF spokesman said the approaching car was viewed by the soldiers as containing "attackers". But eyewitnesses said there were two children in the car.
Taleban spokesman Qari Yousif Ahmadi told Deutsche Presse-Agentur that his group took responsibility for both attacks Monday.
The first blast took place in front of the Afghan election commission. Two days earlier, the commission announced the final results of the September parliamentary elections, the country's first free vote in 36 years which the Taleban had vainly sought to torpedo.
After the attacks, the United Nations imposed restrictions on the movements of its personnel in Kabul.
Just last month, international security experts issued several warnings about the danger of car bomb attacks against military forces on Jalalabad Road.
The road leads to Camp Warehouse, the most important German troop base in Kabul.
It was on the same road that on June 7, 2003 four German soldiers were killed and 29 wounded in a suicide attack.
The death of the German soldier brought to 18 the number of Bundeswehr soldiers killed in Afghanistan since Germany began its participation in the ISAF mission more than three years ago.
Subject: German news