Darn tootin' the Taliban are trying to wash their hands of this one. No one else has taken responsibility for the blast, either.
The bomb was allegedly meant for a NATO convoy but the wounded, at least 66, were virtually all Afghan civilians -- several standing outside a "private health clinic" as CNN terms it, but which The Washington Post report names as Shinozada Hospital. The bomb blast also struck a school bus.
Here are both reports; as you can see the WaPo report is more detailed than the CNN one.
By Masoud Popalzai (reporting from Kabul) and Melissa Gray, CNN
Updated 2:27 PM ET, Sat August 22, 2015
August 22 at 3:41 PM
The Washington Post
KABUL — A massive car bomb targeting a U.S.-led NATO mission convoy killed at least 12 people, including three Virginia-based American civilian contractors, near a hospital during rush hour Saturday, the latest in a series of deadly attacks that have struck the capital in recent weeks.
The assault unfolded at 4:20 p.m. outside Shinozada Hospital in a middle-class enclave of the capital, a few miles from the heavily fortified American Embassy. The blast was so powerful that it could be heard in far-away neighborhoods and prompted the embassy to blare its emergency sirens. Nearby vehicles, including a school minivan, were severely mangled, some in flames.
In addition to those killed, as many as 66 people were wounded in the attack, said Wahidullah Mayar, a Health Ministry spokesman. In a statement, U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus, a military spokesman for the NATO Resolute Support Mission, said that one of the civilian contractors was killed in the attack, and the other two later died of their wounds. Their identities were not released because their families had not yet been notified.
Mohammad Sharif contributed to this report.
The Americans worked for DynCorp International, a private military contractor based in McLean, Virginia. In a statement, the company said it extended “its thoughts and prayers to all involved and to their families and loved ones.” It declined to comment further.