May 9, 2008
KABUL — A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up close to a convoy of foreign troops in Kabul yesterday, but only wounded three civilians, officials said.
The bomber in a white Toyota Corolla died in the blast in the capital's western outskirts shortly after a convoy carrying foreign troops passed by, said a regional police chief Zulmay Khan.
Three civilians, including a woman and two men, were wounded in the blast, he said. There were no reports of casualties among those in the convoy.
Militants trying to weaken the grip of U.S.-backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai have turned to roadside and suicide bomb attacks against heavily armed foreign troops. Last year, militants launched more than 140 suicide missions. Most victims in these attacks have been civilians.
More than 1,200 people, mostly militants, have died so far this year in insurgency-related violence in Afghanistan, according to an Associated Press count.