Kabul, March 20 - A car bomber has ended months of relative calm in
A 15-year-old Afghan on the side of the road was killed, said Hasib Arian, the district police chief.
Ronald Neumann, the
Later, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said in a phone call to AP that a Taliban activist from Khost province carried out the attack.
US embassy security teams sealed off the road, and initially prevented Afghan police, Nato soldiers and photographers, including those of Al Jazeera, from getting close to the vehicles.
The route is often used by American soldiers travelling to the main
Reporting from the blast site, John Cookson, Al Jazeera's correspondent, said: "The
"The bomber struck in a white car with devastating consequences." One Afghan witness said: "I heard a loud explosion, I went outside - there was a lot of fire and smoke."
Cookson said: "The bombing comes as US and Nato forces increase the pressure on the Taliban in an ongoing guerrilla war and the Taliban responding with suicide bombers - this is the first in