Taliban strike on security organ kills 3, wounds 32 in Kabul

20:35, January 12, 2011      

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Army soldiers guard at the site of a suicide blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 12, 2011. A powerful suicide bomb rocked Kabul in the morning, leaving three killed, at least 10 people injured. (Xinhua/Omid)

Taliban militants in a brazen suicide attack rocked the capital Kabul leaving three persons including the bomber and an intelligence service staff dead and injuring 32 others in the morning rush hours Wednesday, Interior Ministry confirmed.

"A suicide bomber riding an explosive-laden motorbike blew it up next to a bus leaving two dead including an employee of National Directorate for Security (NDS) and injured 32 others including six employees of NDS," Interior Ministry said in a statement.

This time, the militants targeted intelligence service, which is the nerves of the government in the fortified capital city.

Head of Criminal Investigation Department of Kabul Police General Mohammad Zahir told media at the site of the blast that the suicide bomber targeted a bus of National Directorate for Security (NDS).

The attacker, according to an eye witness Nawid, was driving an explosive-laden motorbike and rammed it into a bus at around 08:00 a.m. local time (GMT 0330) morning rush hour in Se-rahi Alawdin locality west of Kabul.

This is the second bloody attack in Afghan capital Kabul against security institutions over the past one month for which Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility and also the second offensive against intelligence agency in the country in a single day Wednesday.

A roadside bomb organized by militants claimed the life of deputy to intelligence chief in eastern Kunar province this morning.

In the previous attack, targeted the bus of Afghan national army on December 19, 2010, according to Defense Ministry, five Afghan army personnel were killed and nine others sustained injuries.

Wednesday's attack in Kabul city happened just a day after the visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Afghanistan and his meeting with President Hamid Karzai wherein he reassured Washington's long-term commitment to the militancy-plagued nation.

"It was a suicide bomb blast near our bus, our driver is injured," the witness at site of the blast, Nawid told Xinhua, adding several shops were damaged in the blast and windowpanes of several houses smashed at the nearby of blast site.

Meanwhile, Taliban militants claimed of responsibility for the bloody attack.

Zabihullah Mujahid, who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit in talks with media from undisclosed location, said, "a Taliban suicide bomber namely Ahmad, targeted the bus of intelligence service killing at least 18 people of the agency and injuring 14 others."

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