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Car bomb near prison in Kabul kills two ISAF-contracted civilians

Feb. 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Two contract workers attached to NATO's coalition forces in Afghanistan were killed in a suicide bombing Monday in Kabul, the coalition said in a statement.

"Two International Security Assistance Force-contracted civilians died as the result of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today," the statement said.

Haroon Zarghun, a spokesman for the militant Hezb-e-Islami, said the Taliban-aligned group took credit for the attack, saying it was carried out by a "martyrdom seeker" targeting a U.S. convoy, the Wall Street Journal reported.

"He has been watching them since a week and was looking for an opportunity to target the convoy and not harm civilians," Zarghun said. "We only carry martyrdom-seeking attacks on foreigners. We don't conduct such attacks against Afghan police, army and civilians."

The blast damaged a vehicle in the convoy, a civilian's car and blew out windows of houses, officials said.

In keeping with its policy, the ISAF said it deferred casualty identification procedures to the appropriate national authorities.