A teenage suicide bomber blew himself up today outside the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least six civilians dead, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which was the latest in a series of insurgent attacks in the Afghan capital campaign seeking to weaken months of the coalition led by the United States.
As bombings and shootings elsewhere in the country often receive relatively little attention, attacks in Kabul serve as propaganda points for the insurgents to cast doubt on the government's ability to ensure safety to the seat of power. The attacks also aim to undermine the claim NATO to improve security before the planned withdrawal of foreign troops by the end of 2014.
The bomb exploded just before noon on Saturday in front of NATO headquarters, on a street that connects the facility to the coalition embassies of the United States and Italy, a large U.S. military base and the Ministry of Defense Afghanistan.
NATO and police said they were all dead Afghans, and the Ministry of Interior announced that some of the country were street children. Local police said in a statement that the man who carried out the attack was 14 years old. According to the spokesman of the coalition, German Brigadier General Gunter Katz, there were no casualties among coalition members.