A suicide attack in Kabul on Tuesday resulted in the deaths of a Polish service member and two Americans near the U.S. Embassy after the bomber attacked a foreign motorcade.
Apart from the three deaths, five others were wounded according to statements from the NATO-led international military coalition activating in Afghanistan.
Wounded comrades immediately received CPR from Security Forces dressed in complete battle attire, after the blast that occurred around 8:10 AM rattled neighborhoods around the U.S. Embassy. People who hadn’t been injured during the attack soon carried the wounded to medical workers.
The Taliban has already claimed responsibility for the attacks that now raised the death toll in Afghanistan this year to 59. Out of those who lost their lives, 44 were American.
Kabul Police spokesman Ashmat Stanikzai, stated that 13 Afghans were wounded during the attack and over a dozen vehicles were damaged.
At the same time, a separate attack occurred in eastern Afghanistan, as an individual wearing an Afghan military uniform began firing at ISAF troops. While some have raised the possibility that these attacks could actually represent insider jobs carried out by disobeying Afghan soldiers, no such information has been confirmed.
ISAF noted that such incidents do not reflect the positive relationship between them and Afghanistan, and assured authorities that they will continue training and advising Afghan security forces.
Violence is increasing as the presidential contenders in the run for the most important position in Afghanistan are negotiating to create a form of national unity government. April represented the first Afghan presidential vote, after which a two-man runoff in June had citizens return to the voting booths.
Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the two presidential candidates left standing were hosted by President Hamid Karzai on Monday. The president had tried to aid the two politicians reach an agreement that would include a power-sharing government plan. No such deal was struck.