Five troops and eight civilians were killed in central Kabul when a suicide bomber struck a vehicle in a military convoy, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Saturday. Master Corporal Byron Greff, a Canadian, was killed in the attack, according to the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command. A US military official said earlier that 13 Americans had died, but an ISAF spokesman could not confirm that number. The US official emphasized details are continuing to unfold. A heavily damaged vehicle was believed to be an armored bus that was carrying US troops from one base to another. A senior NATO official identified it as a custom-built, heavily armored Rhino. The attack caused a "number" of NATO and local Afghan casualties, ISAF said in a statement. Four Afghans, including two students, were also killed, said Hashmat Stanikzai, spokesman for Kabul's police chief. However, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a statement that initial reports indicate three civilians were killed, including two students. He offered his sympathies to the families of the victims and said the cowardly character of the attack demonstrates "the very evil and heinous nature of the enemy." A Taliban spokesman confirmed Saturday's attack in a text message, saying it killed "16 foreign soldiers, one civilian" and injured many others. Taliban casualty counts are often inflated; there was no other reliable indication 16 foreigners were killed. Stanikzai said the vehicle used in the attack <b>...</b>
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