A convoy of UK military vehicles has been attacked while on patrol in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the UK’s Ministry of Defence has said. The attack, which took place in a residential area near a market on Sunday morning, injured seven people. There were no British casualties, the MoD said, adding the convoy was struck by an improvised explosive device. The Taliban claimed the attack in retaliation for air strikes in Kunduz which killed civilians and doctors. However, the group did not mention Medecins Sans Frontieres, whose hospital was hit by US airstrikes in the city eight days ago – 22 people were killed in that incident and dozens injured. The US has since said it will pay compensation to the victims’ families and to survivors.
There have been conflicting reports about the cause of Sunday’s explosion. The MoD said it was an IED, while officials in Kabul said it was a suicide bombing.
A statement from the MoD said: “We can confirm that at approximately 9:10 this morning a convoy of UK military vehicles on a routine road move as part of the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Kabul was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device. There were no UK casualties.”
It is the latest in a series of attacks recently carried out by the Taliban.
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