(Updates with AP report that one killed was Canadian, Pentagon spokesman saying figure of 13 Americans may change.)
Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) -- A Taliban car bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul killed 17, at least 12 of them Americans, in the deadliest attack on coalition forces since August.
An improvised bomb in a vehicle caused “a number of casualties,” the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said on its website, without providing further details. Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jim Gregory said 13 Americans were killed, though he cautioned the figure could change, after the Associated Press cited a Canadian defense spokesman as saying one of the 13 was Canadian.
Three civilians and a policeman also died after the suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of coalition forces at 11:30 a.m. local time, police said in an e-mailed statement. An ISAF vehicle was “severely” damaged, the ISAF statement said.
“Our common enemy continues to employ suicide attackers to kill innocent Afghan fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, as well as the coalition forces who have volunteered to protect them,” General John Allen, the coalition commander, said in an e-mailed statement.
AP reported that five of the 13 dead were coalition service members and eight were civilian contractors.
The Taliban are responsible, Zabihullah Mujahed, a spokesman for the movement, said in a mobile-phone text message. As a result of the car bomb, 16 foreigners were killed and injured and one civilian died, Mujahed said.
The explosion occurred as the convoy was passing the American University, sparking a fireball and littering the street with shrapnel, according to the Associated Press, which called it the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in more than two months.
Allen’s statement said there were two other attacks in Afghanistan today. Three were killed and several wounded when a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his gun on Afghan and coalition forces in the southern part of the country.
In the eastern province of Kunar, a teenage girl carried out a suicide attack that wounded several people at a National Directorate of Security building, the statement said.
--With reporting by John Hughes and Viola Gienger in Washington. Editors: Ann Hughey, Christian Thompson.
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