A suicide car bomb attack has killed at least 20 people in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The blast happened in the west of the city during rush hour and had been targeted at a passing NATO convoy.
Afghan officials say all the casualties were civilians. There is no word from NATO at present as to whether any soldiers had been killed.
“We have five bodies brought to our hospital so far… the number of the dead is more than 20, all civilians. The death toll is very high,” Afghan army chief doctor General Ahmad Zia Yaftali was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bombing.
It is the first major attack in Kabul since February 26 when Taliban suicide bombers targeted guesthouses, killing 16 people including Westerners and Indians in one the deadliest attacks on foreigners.
The Islamist militia is waging an increasingly deadly insurgency and attacks have increased over the past 12 months in the heavily guarded capital.