News / Asia

Suicide Bomber Attacks NATO Convoy in Kabul

  • NATO and Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • NATO and Afghan security forces walk at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • Afghan policemen drag a piece of debris from a vehicle used in a suicide car bomb attack, in Kabul, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • An Afghan policeman carries a wounded man at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • NATO and Afghanistan's security forces inspect at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • Afghans gather in front of a shopping mall near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2014.
  • Afghan shopkeepers clean up broken glasses near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 10, 2014.

NATO Convoy Attacked in Kabul

Ayaz Gul

Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have claimed responsibility for Sunday's deadly car bombing in Kabul that targeted a convoy of US-led foreign troops. The attack killed four Afghan civilians and wounded more than two dozens. The violence comes as Afghan officials are confident new measures will speed up an ongoing audit of the controversial runoff presidential vote.

Police say a NATO convoy was moving through western Kabul when a suicide bomber struck it with his explosive-filled vehicle.

An interior ministry spokesman said those killed or wounded by the blast included women and children. Eyewitness Sheren Agha Hamdard spoke to Reuters.

He says it was a "dangerous powerful explosion" and he saw up to six people on the ground, with three of them already dead. He says the victims were "poor civilians" and more than 20 were wounded.  

Afghan television footage showed slight damage to a NATO military vehicle. The international coalition said the blast wounded none of its troops.   

Taliban insurgents have stepped up attacks in Afghanistan as international forces prepare to wind down their combat mission by the end of this year. The United Nations says the Afghan conflict has seen a 24 percent rise in civilian casualties in the first half of this year.

Sunday's suicide bombing comes days after an American general was killed and more than one dozen people were wounded when an Afghan soldier turned his gun on their delegation visiting Kabul's National Military Academy.

Meanwhile, Afghan election authorities hope the audit of the disputed June 14 presidential runoff vote will make progress Monday when they introduce new software that will automatically invalidate votes based on a mutually agreed criteria.

The internationally-supervised full-ballot audit began on July 17, but so far a little over 5,000 of the nearly 23,000 ballot boxes have been scrutinized. Observers are skeptical about meeting the end of August deadline.

Critics blame teams of rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, for the "painfully slow" process.

Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, which is observing the process closely, blames the slow pace on wrangling over a small numbers of contested votes, threats and even fist fights between candidate supporters.

Senior researcher at the Network, Kate Clark, tells VOA Afghanistan needs critical reforms in its electoral institutions to ensure future stability and to resolve political disputes locally rather than waiting for foreign interventions.   

"It has gone on for the last several elections because there has been this lovely big international presence and valet ready to sort out problems," said Clark. "But it cannot go on again. Next time ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) would not be available to carry ballot boxes. I doubt the US or the UN will be as heavily involved as they are this time. There needs to be a longer term solution."  

Observers say U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Kabul last week has helped ease the political tensions. It was Kerry's second trip in a month to seek commitments from both Ghani and Abdullah to prevent the electoral process from collapsing and work together to form a "government of national unity."

NATO leaders are readying to gather in Britain in the first week of September to discuss plans for Afghanistan and observers see it a good opportunity for the new Afghan president to present his security and economic vision to ensure continued international financial assistance for his war-ravaged nation. 

You May Like

Video Obama to Send 3,000 Troops to Liberia in Ebola Fight

At Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President says US will take leadership role for a global response to deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa More

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

Muslims in Kunming say that they condemn the violence, it is not a reflection of the true beliefs of their faith More

Humanitarian Aid, Equipment Blocked in Cameroon

Move is seen as a developing supply crisis in West Africa More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Communityi
X
September 16, 2014 2:06 PM
Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid