Four Killed, Seventeen Injured in Kabul Bomb Attack Near U.S. Embassy

At least four people were killed and 17 injured Thursday in a suicide car bomb attack on a convoy of U.S. troops near the U.S. Embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The blast occurred about 8:30 a.m. when a man driving a Toyota Corolla detonated a load of explosives about 200 yards from the U.S. Embassy.  U.S. military vehicles passing by were the apparent target, but no U.S. soldiers were killed.

All  casualties were Afghan civilians. The explosion occurred in rush hour traffic and damaged cars and blew out windows of several apartments in a nearby high-rise.

The last major attack Kabul took place on July 7, 2008 when two suicide car bombers hit the gates of the Indian Embassy, killing at least 60 people and injuring 140.