Eight South Africans killed in Kabul car bombing

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has confirmed that eight South Africans were among those killed on Tuesday morning when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital Kabul.

A suicide bomber reportedly rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a minibus carrying foreign staff of a local company on Tuesday morning, killing eight foreigners and a local driver.

Three passers-by were also killed and two security officials were injured by the bombing that took place along the main road, leading to the airport in Kabul’s sub-district 15.

The department was busy working with officials in Afghanistan to verify the names of the deceased. Their identities could not be disclosed until their next-of-kin had been informed.

The Xinhua news agency reported that several buildings and wedding halls near the site were also damaged by the blast.

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The government troops immediately cordoned off the area shortly after the blast.

Meanwhile, it is believed that Hezb-e-Islami of Afghanistan, the second largest insurgent group in the country, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A spokesperson with the Hezb-e-Islami, with Gulbuddin Hakmatyar as its leader, told local media via phone that a woman suicide bomber of the group targeted and killed nine foreigners, allegedly in retaliation for an anti-Islam film produced by an American entity recently in the United States. – SAnews.gov.za-Xinhua