TIMELINE: Attacks in Afghan capital Kabul in 2007

(Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew up a bus carrying Afghan army personnel in Kabul on Wednesday, killing six military staff and seven civilians, a defence ministry source said.

The hardline Islamist Taliban have killed at least 200 civilians in more than 140 suicide attacks this year around the country in a campaign to oust the pro-Western Afghan government and eject foreign troops.

Here is a timeline showing some of the attacks in and around the capital Kabul since June this year.

June 17, 2007: A Taliban suicide bomber blows up a police bus killing 24 and wounding dozens.

August 15: A roadside bomb kills three German embassy bodyguards just outside the city.

September 29: In the worst suicide bombing so far in Kabul, a suicide bomb attack on an army bus kills 28 Afghan troops and two civilians. The Taliban claim responsibility.

October 2: At least 11 civilians and police are killed in a suicide bomb attack on a bus carrying Afghan police.

October 6: A suicide car bomb kills five Afghan civilians and a U.S. soldier on a road near Kabul airport.

Nov 24: Suicide bomber kills nine civilians, six of them children, and an Italian soldier, at the opening of a new bridge on the outskirts of the capital.

Nov 27: Two civilians are killed by a suicide bomb targeting a U.S. security convoy outside a Defense Ministry building.

Dec 4: A NATO convoy is hit by a suicide attack close to Kabul airport. A Taliban spokesman says the blast, which injures 22 Afghans, was meant to “welcome” U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Dec 5: Suicide bomber kills 13 in an a rush-hour attack on a bus carrying Afghan army personnel in southwestern Kabul.

Source: Reuters

Writing by Gill Murdoch; Singapore Editorial Reference Unit