Update: A deadliest suicide car bomber killed 13 American troops and some Afghans in the Afghan capitalKabulon Saturday. It was the deadliest single ground attack against the NATO-led forces since October 7, 2001 when Afghanistan was attacked.
“We can confirm that 13 International Security Assistance Force members have died,” pointed out a spokesman for the International Security AssistanceForce (Isaf) in Kabul, while explaining no further details.
A Pentagon spokesman also confirmed all 13 soldiers killed were American. A Taliban bomber blew up his Toyota sedan next to a US-armoured bus travelling through the southwest of Kabul at 11:20 am, killing 13 American troops, raising tensions in the city already troubled by a spate of recent high-profile militant attacks. The interior ministry said three bystanders and a policeman were also killed.
The assault on the Isaf convoy took place late in the morning in the Dar-ul-Aman area in the west of the city, near the national museum.
The former royal palace, now in ruins, is also in the area, along with several government departments, and Afghan and foreign military bases. The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they packed a four-wheel-drive vehicle with 700 kg of explosives.