Car bomb hits US company in Kabul
[Al Ahram] A boom-mobile went
kaboom! Monday at a compound owned by a US-based construction company under contract to the Afghan army, killing at least one person and wounding 15, police said.
Five foreigners including Americans and South Africans were among the maimed, a security source at the company told AFP.
"A small truck packed with explosives detonated between CONTRACK and Najeeb Zarab factories -- one person is dead and 15 others are maimed," Kabul police chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi told AFP.
"We don't yet know whether there was someone in the truck or it exploded remotely. We are investigating this right now. They were very powerful explosives."
CONTRACK is a US-owned company which builds Afghan army and police facilities, an employee said.
"We were sitting in the office. There was a massive kaboom. The ceiling collapsed over us and 10 to 12 Afghans in the office were maimed," he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but similar attacks are usually blamed on Taliban hard boyz fighting the Afghan government and NATO
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A front man for NATO's International Security Assistance Force confirmed the kaboom but said it was not at NATO's Camp Phoenix, which is also in the area in the east of the capital near the scene of the bombing.
An AFP news hound at the scene said there were signs of a huge kaboom beyond an area blocked off by police, and some bystanders outside the compound had also suffered minor injuries.
Posted by: Fred 2012-12-18