Two dead, 15 reported injured in Kabul blast

By HEATH DRUZIN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 17, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan --- A truck bomb at the compound of a U.S. construction contractor in Kabul on Monday morning has left at least two dead and more than a dozen injured, according to an official at the Afghan Ministry of Interior.

The blast hit the offices of Contrack International around 10:30 on Kabul-Jalalabad Road, a main thoroughfare out of the city that houses several coalition, Afghan military, and government compounds as well as many construction companies.

A small truck packed with explosives drove to the compound and detonated, killing two and injuring 15, including passers-by, said Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry. At the blast site, soldiers kept reporters out of the compound, but several buildings were visibly damaged and windows were shattered far down the road.

Zabiullah, an employee of Contrack whose hand was still bloodied from the attack, said he was in one of the company’s warehouses when he felt a massive explosion that collapsed the roof. When he got up he saw many of his co-workers injured and said several other buildings on the site had also collapsed.

The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack and confirmed a suicide car bomb was used.

Contrack, a McLean, Va.-based company, does work for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, listing one of its projects on its website as construction of a fuel storage system at Bagram Airfield.


A soldier stands guard as a firetruck leaves the scene of a truck bomb that badly damaged the compound of a U.S. construction contractor in Kabul, killing at least two people and injuring at least 15. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes


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