I hope this isn’t the start of more to come, because of the announcement that they are coming home next year. IDK,it may be likely that they are trying to hurt as many as they can before they pullout of Afghan.
At least 13 Americans were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a NATO convoy in Afghanistan early Saturday, destroying an armored bus. The bombing – the deadliest attack in the war-torn country in months – sent flames and dark smoke shooting into the Kabul sky and turned the NATO vehicle into a crumpled, burning wreck.
U.S. officials confirmed that 13 American service members and four Afghans were killed in the explosion. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred when a NATO convoy passed the American University in a southwestern neighborhood of the capital city.
The heavily-armored bus, known as a Rhino, was driving amid a series of mine-resistant vehicles on a highway frequently used by NATA forces, officials said. A Taliban spokesman said the bomber – who he identified as Abdul Rahman – was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser SUV containing more than 1,500 pounds of explosives.
Though it was not immediately clear how the SUV penetrated the convoy’s security, it slammed into the side of the Rhino – and the collision sparked a massive fireball that could be seen for more than a mile. Shrapnel exploded into the street, injuring eight Afghan civilians, officials said.
NATO and Afghan forces quickly locked down the area as fire trucks and ambulances raced to the scene. Two NATO helicopters were also used to evacuate casualties to nearby hospitals. Witnesses said several body bags could be seen strewn across the highway.
The Taliban spokesman claimed that 25 people died in the explosion – but NATO officials were skeptical of the boast. Hopefully there aren’t anymore than the 13 reported.
The brazen daylight assault occurred as top NATO and Afghan officials met elsewhere in Kabul to discuss the ongoing shift of security responsibilities to Afghanistan’s military.
It was the deadliest attack against American forces since Aug 6, when the Taliban shot down a NATO helicopter, killing 30 U.S. soldiers, including members of the elite Navy Seal Team 6, the squad that carried out the famed raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound.
NY Daily has changed the number to 12