The Straits Times
Published on Sep 08, 2012

Teenage bomber kills 6 near Nato headquarters in Kabul


KABUL (REUTERS) - A 14-year-old suicide bomber detonated explosives near the heavily barricaded North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) headquarters in Kabul on Saturday, killing six civilians including children, Nato and local officials said.

The bomber wore a vest packed with explosives and rode right up to the Nato gates on a bicycle, underscoring the insurgents' ability to strike deep inside the Afghan capital, ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign combat forces by the end of 2014.

Pieces of flesh and splattered blood lay on the street near the base, where the small bodies of children were lifted into ambulances. Scores of young children peddle trinkets and chewing gum around the foreign bases, hoping to earn a bit of cash.

The Taleban took responsibility for the attack, but denied they had deployed a teenage bomber, saying instead he was a 28-year-old who targeted the Kabul offices of the Untied States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).