ZAGREB, July 24, 2019 – Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a Croatian Army vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, injuring two soldiers and killing a third, news agencies said.
Josip Briški (27) succumbed to injuries after a suicide bomber attack on a vehicle that was part of a convoy on its way to the airport.
Taliban militants said that their fighter died as a “martyr” after he killed and injured a “large number of CIA agents,” blowing himself up in a vehicle full of explosives, AFP reported.
Reuters underscored that Briški was “the first Croatian fatality in Afghanistan since the former Yugoslav republic and NATO member deployed troops there in 2003.”
The latest attack occurred as the United States and Taliban officials prepare to hold an eighth round of peace talks in Qatar this week, in a bid to end the 18-year-old Afghan war, Reuters said.
In Kabul, officials said Taliban fighters blew up a military vehicle carrying foreign forces, killing one and injuring at least three of them.
“(An) explosion hit a foreign forces convoy in Tarakhel area on Kabul-Jalalabad road,” Kabul police spokesman Ferdous Faramarz said, as the interior ministry confirmed at least three foreign soldiers were injured,” according to Reuters.
Benjamin Burbank, a spokesman for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Kabul, said a member of the coalition forces succumbed to wounds after one of its vehicles was hit by an explosive device.
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