At least eight civilians have been killed and 25 others wounded after a powerful bombing targeted a convoy of foreign troops in Kabul city on Wednesday, officials confirmed.
The blast occurred around 07:55 am during the morning rush hours near the U.S. embassy in police district 9 of Kabul.
Afghan Interior Ministry acting-spokesperson Najib Danish told Ariana News reporter at the scene that apparently, the target of the explosion was a convoy of the international troops as they were passing through the area.
“Medical centers have reported that unfortunately, eight people have been martyred and 25 others injured in the incident, they were all civilians passing through the area,” Danish added.
Later, a Resolute Support mission spokesman, U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin, confirmed three U.S. service members have sustained “non-life threatening wounds” in today’s attack which was caused by an improvised explosive device.
The attack has also destroyed a number of civilian vehicles nearby.
Islamic State group also known as ‘Daesh’ claimed responsibility behind the attack.
In reaction to the incident, Afghan president Muhammad Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack saying, terrorists conceal their consecutive defeats through such cowardly attacks.
About a week ago, the Taliban militant group also announced a new fighting season under the name of “Operation Mansouri“.
The group said that “spring offensive” would focus on foreign forces as well as Afghan security forces.