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Suicide bomber kills 8 civilians in Kabul

The attack on a NATO convoy has been claimed by ISIS.
May 4, 2017, 7:30pm

A suicide attack targeting a NATO convoy rocked Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, killing eight civilians and wounding 25 other people, including three U.S. service members, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

Although it targeted armored NATO vehicles stationed not far from the U.S. embassy downtown, the blast, which was triggered by an IED, ripped through Afghan civilians who were commuting during morning rush hour in the capital city.

U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support, confirmed to VICE News that three U.S. service members were wounded in the attack but added that the targeted armored vehicles "were able to return to a coalition base under their own power."

ISIS claimed responsibility, issuing a statement through its official media arm, Amaq, along with a photo of the suicide attacker. The blast comes less than three weeks after the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 90 fighters, according to Afghan authorities.

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Abdul Aleem contributed reporting from Kabul.