South Africans killed in Afghan bomb blast

8 South African citizens are believed to be among those killed in a bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

A suicide bomber blew herself up alongside a minivan carrying foreigners on a major highway leading to the international airport in the Afghan capital, police said, killing at least 10 people, including nine foreigners. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - A suicide bomber in Afghanistan capital Kabul killed 12 foreign civilians and three Afghans on Tuesday, near an airport in the region.

It is believed 8 South African citizens are among those killed in the attack.

Reports said a female suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at a garage, where a minibus had stopped to refuel.

Eyewitness News understands the victims were employed by South African aviation company, Balmoral Central Contracts, based at Rand Airport in Johannesburg.

A spokesperson for the insurgent group, Hezb-e-Islami has since claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was in revenge for an anti-Islamic film that has seen uprisings across the Arab, Asian and some western countries.

A short film, mocking Prophet Muhammed was produced with private funds in the United States (US) and posted on the internet.

The video has been blamed for a violent attack on US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi.

US and other foreign embassies have since been stormed in cities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Balmoral Central Contracts said it has set up an information centre to deal with enquiries and will issue a statement in the next few hours.

It said it was in the process of notifying the families of the victims, but will not yet confirm that the victims were employees.

It also urged people to respect the dignity of those caught up in the attack.