KABUL: According to reports a suicide car bomber killed 13 American troops in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, the deadliest single ground attack against the Nato-led force in 10 years of war in Afghanistan.
“We can confirm that 13 International Security Assistance Force members have died,” said a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, giving no further details.
A Pentagon spokesman later confirmed all 13 soldiers killed were American.
Three civilians and a police officer were also killed in the attack on a convoy of military vehicles, a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry said.
It was the deadliest single incident for foreign troops since the war began in 2001, excluding aircraft crashes.
Saturday’s killings came less than two months after insurgents launched a 20-hour assault on the US embassy in the capital.
However, a Taliban run website has claimed that at least 25 top-level trainers of the US-NATO invading troops got killed in martyrdom operation carried out a martyrdom-seeking Mujahid of the Islamic Emirate Kabul City.
The website further claimed that, Mujahid Abd-ur-Raman slammed his vehicle stuffed with some 700 explosive at the vehicle carrying the US-NATO trainers at about 11:00 am Dar-ul-Aman area in the heart of Afghan capital killing and wounding several dozens of the US-NATO high-ranking Officials.