Suicide attack claimed by the Talibans.
At least seven people were killed in an attack on a foreign transport company working for ISAF – the NATO force in Afghanistan. A Romanian citizen perished and another one was injured in the attack, but is now stable, according to the Foreign Ministry (MAE). Initially, the Ministry had announced that one Romanian was missing and a second one injured.
Official sources however had told Mediafax the chance was slim that the missing Romanian might have survived the bomb attack as he was fully hit by the blast from the truck carrying the explosives. Official sources have also said the two Romanians were employees of the US DynCorp International security company providing security, logistic and Afghan troops training services in the country.
The two Romanian victims were not operating as army staff, but were performing administrative and logistic duties. ‘On the situation of the two Romanian citizens, victims of the bomb attack reported in Kabul this morning, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that, after completing specific procedures, the Romanian diplomatic mission to Kabul officially confirmed the death of the Romanian national reported missing in the attack’, MAE said in a release yesterday morning. On the other hand, a second Romanian citizen was injured and is still under medical supervision in an American army hospital, being now stable, MAE notes. MAE has communicated the information on both the deceased and the injured Romanian citizens to the relevant Romanian authorities who are now going to contact their families. The Romanian diplomatic mission in Afghanistan is in permanent contact with the local as well as allies military authorities, ready to give the necessary consular assistance under the law, MAE further states in its release.
‘The Ministry of Foreign Affairs firmly condemns the tragic attack using a bomb car that happened at Camp Pinnacle, Afghanistan, this morning, where one Romanian citizen lost his life and another one sustained injuries. Such deplorable violent attacks are no longer justified and must be combated at all cost,’ reads a MAE release issued yesterday at noon. MAE also presented condolences to the mourning family and expressed its deepest regret for its loss. ‘Romania, as a member state of the EU and NATO, continues to be firmly committed to supporting the efforts of the Afghan Government for eradicating all forms of terrorism and making the transition to stability and functional rule of law’, MAE statement further notes.
Afghan insurgents have killed on Tuesday at least seven people in a suicide attack on the Kabul base of a logistics firm supplying NATO forces in Afghanistan, police say, quoted by the BBC.
Five guards, four of them Nepali, were among those killed in the gun and bomb attack, which came early on Tuesday. The Kabul police chief said the four insurgents, who were all killed, had a truck full of explosives. This is the latest in a series of attacks on targets in the Afghan capital in recent months.
Reports suggested the bomber’s vehicle was stopped outside the facility by guards. When the explosives were detonated, gunmen began shooting at guards in a 30-minute battle, officials said. The blast from the truck left a large crater in the ground, police said.