Dozen die in suicide attack in Afghanistan

Kabul, May 16 (EFE).- Six NATO personnel were among at least a dozen people killed Thursday in a suicide attack targeting a military convoy in the Afghan capital, officials said.

Two uniformed military personnel and four civilian advisers died, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said.

ISAF did not specify the nationalities of the dead, but the Pentagon and Virginia-based DynCorp International independently identified the NATO fatalities as two U.S. soldiers and four security contractors.

The attacker rammed an explosives-laden car into the convoy, Kabul provincial police chief Mohammad Ayub Salangi said.

He said the dead include two Afghan children, while around 30 other people were injured and a dozen homes damaged by the powerful explosion.

Hizb-e-Islami, a Muslim fundamentalist faction led by Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, said it was behind the blast.

"We are responsible for this attack," Hizb-e-Islam spokesman Zubai Seddiqi told Efe.

The bulk of the ISAF troops are due to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.