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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Afghan Bomber Blows Up Bus With German Troops

JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- A suspected suicide car bomber hit a military bus carrying German troops on Saturday in Kabul, killing at least four soldiers and wounding 29 in the deadliest attack on the international security force since its work began 18 months ago, officials said.

German Defense Minister Peter Struck said at a news briefing in Berlin that four soldiers had died and 29 had been injured, seven of them seriously, Reuters reported.

"A lot of the indications are pointing toward a suicide attack," he said. "There was no advance warning whatsoever."

Struck's injury count did not include Afghan passers-by, also believed to have been wounded and possibly killed.

The blast occurred at 8.30 a.m., destroying the bus and flinging body parts and metal across the road. The bus was carrying German peacekeeping troops from their main base on the outskirts of town to the city's airport to return home. The explosion came hours before President Hamid Karzai flew in to the airport.

The Afghan deputy commander of Kabul, General Afzal Aman, who arrived at the scene soon after the explosion, said a yellow and white Kabul taxi exploded as it drove past the bus.

Aman said he had no doubt who was responsible for the attack.

"Al Qaida," he said, "the enemies of Afghanistan."

The wreckage of the taxi was on the road near the explosion site and a witness had seen the car passing the bus when it exploded, he said.

The bus crashed about 100 meters from the blast site into a field of vegetables and wheat. Hajji Muhammad Rasul, 45, the owner of a nearby gas station, said he saw more than nine dead or wounded soldiers lying on the ground.