U.S. military convoy hit by suicide car bomber in Afghan capital

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Afghan police inspect site of suicide attack in Kabul on May 3, 2017

Omar Sobhani

KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. military convoy in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least eight Afghan civilians and wounding three U.S. service members, officials said.

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said another 25 Afghan civilians were wounded in the morning rush-hour attack near the U.S. Embassy, which destroyed several civilian vehicles.

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Afghan security forces and medics at site of suicide attack in Kabul on May 3, 2017

Omar Sobhani

U.S. Navy Cpt. Bill Salvin, a military spokesman, confirmed that three soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Salvin said the armored personnel carriers that made up the convoy, which are designed to withstand large blasts, returned to a coalition base under their own power, according to the Reuters news service.

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Member of  Afghan security force keeps watch at site of suicide attack in Kabul on May 3, 2017

Omar Sobhani

No one immediately claimed the attack, but the Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive on Friday, and have repeatedly targeted Afghan and U.S. forces in the past.

Afghan forces have struggled to contain the Taliban since the U.S. and NATO officially concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, switching to a support and counterterrorism role. The U.S. has more than 8,000 troops in the country.

In announcing the spring offensive, the Taliban said coalition and Afghan security forces would be the focus.

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Source: CBS News – World

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