A suicide bomb attack near the entrance of the international airport in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, May 17, 2015 has taken the lives of three people, including a British citizen.
The attack took place close to the area used by military vehicles and was targeted at an European police training mission vehicle.
Two Afghan teenage girls died in the bomb blast, while at least 18 people were injured.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement emailed to media.
This makes the second major terror incident in Kabul within a week. A Taliban gun attack on a hotel in the city on Thursday, May 14, 2015 killed 14 people.
Kabul police said at least eight women and three children were among the wounded in the attack of Sunday, May 17, 2015, in addition to three members of the European mission, known as Eupol.
A spokeswoman for the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) speaking to the BBC said: “We can confirm that a British national was tragically killed in a terrorist attack in Kabul this morning. We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family.”
Rescuers frantically carried wounded civilians from the scene in the confused wake of the bombing, and a doctor at a nearby hospital dealing with the wounded was reported to have found some of his own relatives among them.
A spokesman for the interior ministry, Najib Danish, told reporters that one foreign military vehicle and two civilian vehicles were damaged in the attack.
This comes two weeks after the first exploratory peace talks between the Taliban and a group of negotiators including representatives of the government.