Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Six Die in Taliban Truck Bomb Assault on NATO Supply Compound

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Six Die in Taliban Truck Bomb Assault on NATO Supply Compound

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Byline: Bo Wilson

FOUR guards and two civilians were killed today when Taliban suicide attackers first blew up a truck bomb at the gates of a Nato supply company's compound and then stormed inside.

The attack was the latest in a series targeting high-profile locations in the Afghan capital Kabul -- despite the Taliban saying they are willing to enter peace negotiations.

It started before dawn when a suicide bomber drove a small truck to the outer gate of the logistics centre used to supply Nato troops and detonated it, blowing a massive crater in the ground and damaging a guard tower. Kabul provincial police chief Mohammad Ayuob Salangi said two truck drivers who were waiting to enter the compound were killed in the blast, along with the bomber. Three gunmen then stormed in and fought security guards for more than an hour before being killed. Four Nepalese security guards died.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the assault in a short phone message to media, saying it was "a very effective attack that embarrassed the enemy", adding that it was "a big foreign base important for Nato logistics". …

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