Briton among 6 dead as Kabul blast hits embassy vehicle
KABUL: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday, killing one Briton and five Afghans in the latest attack to highlight fragile security as NATO troops withdraw.
A British security contractor and an Afghan employee of the embassy died in the blast, which hit their vehicle on a stretch of road notorious for suicide attacks.
At least four Afghan bystanders were also killed, and more than 30 others were injured.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond condemned the "senseless and cowardly" attack.
"It reminds us once again of the risks our personnel take every day to keep trying to help Afghans build a better future -- and by helping them do so, protect our own security and own interests," he told a press conference in Rome.
"We highly value their work, and we are extremely grateful to them."
A second British contractor with security firm G4S was injured in the bombing, which threw the embassy's 4x4 vehicle onto its side.
The roof was blown off and car parts scattered across the Jalalabad road, a main route where many fortified foreign compounds and military facilities are located.-Reuters