KABUL - A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of foreign troops exploded about 200 yards (meters) outside the U.S. Embassy in Kabul yesterday, killing at least four Afghan bystanders as people entered the compound for a Thanksgiving Day race.
At least 18 others were wounded in the morning attack, said Abdullah Fahim, a health ministry spokesman. Police officer Abdul Manan said the explosion was set off by a suicide bomber in a Toyota Corolla.
No U.S. Embassy personnel were killed or injured in the blast, an embassy statement said. The Interior Ministry said the bombing targeted a convoy of foreign troops but it had no additional information.
The blast happened on the last day of a visit by a United Nations Security Council delegation. The U.N. had warned its staff in Afghanistan of possible terrorist attacks coinciding with the visit.
The U.S. Embassy was hosting a Thanksgiving Day run scheduled for 9 a.m. Americans and other Westerners were entering the embassy compound when the bomb went off, sending some participants sprinting for the inner gates.