1 killed, 13 wounded in Kabul suicide attack

Police say the suicide bomber walked up to a white pickup truck & detonated explosives he was wearing.

FILE: Afghan security personnel walk outside a damaged building after a Taliban attack in Kabul on 6 October, 2015. Picture: AFP.

KABUL - A suicide bomber killed at least one person and wounded 13 in an attack on a road near Kabul airport, officials in the Afghan capital said on Monday, barely two weeks after a major Taliban assault in the city.

A police officer at the scene said the suicide bomber walked up to a white pickup truck and detonated explosives he was wearing. A minibus was also destroyed by the explosion, which shattered the windows of nearby shops.

The head of Kabul police, Abdul Rahman Rahimi, said one person had been killed and 13 wounded, including three women. He said the aim of the attack in an overwhelmingly civilian area was to create fear among Afghans.

The suicide bombing followed a series of attacks this month claimed by Taliban insurgents, including an assault on a Spanish embassy guesthouse in the capital that began on 11 December and a suicide bombing near Bagram air base that killed six American troops last week.