KABUL: Seven people were killed and ten wounded, including four foreigners, when a minivan packed with explosives detonated during Kabul´s morning rush hour Wednesday, an interior ministry spokesman said.
The spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said the bomb — targeting an SUV belonging to a private Canadian security company, GardaWorld — had gone off in a neighbourhood which is near the interior ministry and north of Kabul airport.
“As a result, seven of our people were killed and ten, including four foreign members of the security company, were wounded,” he said, describing the dead as Afghan civilians.
He did not confirm the nationalities of the foreigners involved.
Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi said that one of those killed was a 13-year-old child heading to school.
“The enemies of our people should know that our people are determined for peace, nothing can stop them from achieving peace,” he said.
A source at the interior ministry said the blast was detonated by a suicide bomber in the vehicle, which officials had earlier described as a car.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.