Two Americans killed in suicide bombing in Afghanistan capital Kabul: US official

US troops keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Sept 16, 2014. Two Americans were among those killed in a Taleban suicide bombing on Tuesday that targeted a Nato convoy in Kabul near the United States Embassy, a defence official
US troops keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on Sept 16, 2014. Two Americans were among those killed in a Taleban suicide bombing on Tuesday that targeted a Nato convoy in Kabul near the United States Embassy, a defence official told AFP. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two Americans were among those killed in a Taleban suicide bombing on Tuesday that targeted a Nato convoy in Kabul near the United States Embassy, a defence official told AFP.

The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not specify if the American victims were soldiers or civilians.

The Nato-led coalition had earlier issued a statement saying three personnel died in the attack, and the Polish army said one of its soldiers was killed.

The attack came during morning rush-hour traffic near the heavily guarded US Embassy on a road used by Nato convoys every day. The bombing also wounded at least 13 civilians.

In the United States and in other Nato states, the war in Afghanistan has become overshadowed by events in the Middle East, where Washington is now carrying out air attacks on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria jihadists in Iraq.

The Nato-led force now has 41,000 troops in Afghanistan, with about 29,000 Americans and 300 soldiers from Poland.

All Nato combat forces will withdraw by December after 13 years of fighting the Taleban, with a follow-on mission of about 12,000 troops likely to stay on into 2015 on training and support duties.