Kabul’s heavily fortified diplomatic area has been rocked by an explosion.
A suicide bomber drove a car crammed with explosives into a convoy of vehicles carrying Turkish delegates.
The blast took place outside the gate of the Iranian embassy, located beside the Turkish mission in the area of Kabul that houses numerous diplomatic headquarters and foreign compounds.
One Turkish soldier and one Afghan civilian were killed in the attack. At least one other person was wounded.
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility but appeared to have mistaken the Turkish team for a US convoy, clarifying on Twitter that they had not intended to kill any other country’s citizens.
Details: The purpose of today's attack in Kabul was a convoy of US troops, the embassy or any other country nationals were not objective.— zabihullahmujahid (@zabihmujahid) February 26, 2015
“The purpose of today’s attack in Kabul was a convoy of US troops. The embassy or any other country nationals were not objective,” Taliban spokesman Zabihulhah Mujahid tweeted.
It is the second time an embassy in the Afghan capital has been hit by insurgents in recent months.
In November a Taliban suicide car bombing killed six people in a British Embassy vehicle.