Thursday, July 16, 2020

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The Ministry of Defence confirms a UK military vehicle was struck by an IED in Kabul this morning in an attack aimed at foreign troops.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that at approximately 9.10am this morning a convoy of UK military vehicles on a routine road move as part of the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Kabul was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device.”

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the country’s Interior Ministry, said: “It was a suicide bombing against a foreign forces convoy in a crowded part of the city and there are casualties.”

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There is still some confusion about what happened, with Kabul’s Police Chief General Abdul Rahman Rahimi, saying: “A suicide bomber driving a Corolla car hit an armoured vehicle belonging to the foreign forces and exploded.

“As a result of the blast the armoured vehicle was partly damaged.

NATO said three civilians were wounded in the blast, adding that there were no casualties among its troops.

The blast occurred at a busy time of the day at a central part of the city, Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse reported from Kabul.

Militants attacked  Foxhound protected patrol vehicle. Foxhound has been specifically designed and built in Britain to protect against the threats faced by troops in Afghanistan. However, this is an agile and versatile vehicle that will be a mainstay in the Army for years to come.

The Foxhound replaced the Army’s Snatch Land Rover, which proved highly vulnerable to roadside bombs used by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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