August 15, 2009 / 4:28 AM / 9 years ago

Taliban claim suicide strike on NATO compound in Kabul

Men stand outside the Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque as pigeons fly over in Afghanistan's capital Kabul August 12, 2009. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb in front of the heavily fortified headquarters of U.S. and NATO troops in Kabul on Saturday, saying the target was the U.S. embassy nearby.

“The target was the U.S. embassy, but we could not reach it. The suicide car bomber exploded near the ISAF headquarters and killed several foreign troops,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location, referring to the International Security Assistance Force.

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Zaher Azimy said three people were killed and 14 wounded, all civilians.

Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Writing by Peter Graff; Editing by Paul Tait

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