14 Nepali Nationals, G4S Security Gaurds Dead on Sucide Bombing, Afganistan, Taliwan Takes Full Responsibility

Police official told The Associated Press that the 14 dead were Nepalese citizens working as security guards for the private company that was attacked.

Over a dozen Nepalese security guards were killed after a suicide bomber attacked a minibus carrying them today in Kabul along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The official, who did not want to give his name as was not authorized to speak to the media, said and exact figure was not possible because of the confusion surrounding the blast. He says seven others were thought to be hurt the Monday morning attack.

Another police official who refused to give a toll said there were "multiple casualties" among the bus passengers who were "employees of a foreign compound".

One police official at the scene said the yellow bus had been carrying government employees to their offices in the city

Dozens of police and many ambulances rushed to the scene to take the victims to hospitals.

Reuters

Interior Minister spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said that eight others were wounded in the attack, and that police were working to identify the nationalities of the victims. 

"The suicide bomber targeted a minibus of security guards of a foreign company, right now we are working to identify the nationalities of the victims," said Sediqqi.

But a police official told The Associated Press that the 14 dead were Nepalese citizens working as security guards for the private company that was attacked.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast, which occurred during Ramadan, Islam's holy month.

It underlined how serious the security threat facing Afghanistan remains since the death of former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike last month.

The blast follows a deadly suicide attack on a bus carrying justice ministry staff near Kabul last month and a separate attack on a court in the central city of Ghazni on June 1.

The Taliban claimed both those attacks in revenge for the execution of six Taliban prisoners.

At least 13 people were killed and another 26 injured in the attack on the minivan, most of whom were Nepali citizens, Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary said, citing a terrorism official from Kabul.

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