Suicide Attack Hits Italian Convoy in Kabul, Kills 16

Taliban claims responsibility for bombing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2009 7:06 AM CDT
Afghan policemen investigate the wreckage of a suicide car bomb attack on an Italian military convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, today.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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(Newser) – A suicide car bomber attacked an Italian military convoy on a road in Afghanistan's capital today, killing six Italian soldiers and 10 Afghan civilians, the AP reports. The bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into two Italian military vehicles, Italy's defense minister said. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility, saying in a text message that they had carried out the suicide attack against foreign forces.

The explosion shattered windows and shook buildings throughout the central Kabul neighborhood, which houses embassies and military bases. Charred vehicles littered the area around the blast site. An AP reporter saw at least six burned vehicles, including an Italian Humvee. An Afghan military official said at least 10 civilians were killed and 52 wounded. The explosion was the fourth major attack in the capital in five weeks.