Taliban Attack Kills 5 U.S. Soldiers, 13 Others

The Taliban has added to the growing death toll of American soldiers in Afghanistan, killing five U.S. troops in a suicide attack in the capital Kabul. The blast, which occurred in the middle of a busy street at rush hour, left 12 civilians dead and another soldier. All of the military casualties were part of a NATO convoy that was traversing a street where some government ministries are located.

The Taliban immediately took responsibility for the attack, with the insurgents’ spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, claiming that the lone attacker was carrying some 1,650 pounds of explosives in the car. The explosion was so powerful that close to 20 vehicles were destroyed.

The attack is the deadliest against NATO soldiers since September last year, when six Italian troops were killed by another car bomb. The suicide attack also comes as NATO forces are preparing for a major operation to root out Taliban from Kandahar, one of the remaining rebel strongholds.