A suicide bomber rammed a car into a NATO-led peacekeeping vehicle, killing one German soldier and wounding two others along with three civilians, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
One German soldier was killed and two others wounded in the first of two attacks in Kabul
"One Toyota Corolla vehicle loaded with explosives bumped into an ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) German vehicle in front of a UN office on Jalalabad Road this afternoon," spokesman Yousuf Stanizai said.
"One German soldier and the suicide bomber were killed," he added. "Two German soldiers and three civilians were wounded."
District police chief Mohammed Akbar also confirmed the attack.
"The suicide attack killed a German soldier, wounded two others and also killed the suicide bomber in his vehicle," Akbar said.
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A second suicide attack rocked the Afghan capital an hour after the first.
A second bombing killed one person and injured a policeman, a short time after and three kilometers (two miles) away from the scene of the earlier suicide attack.
The partially dismembered body of a man lay at the site where a taxi apparently exploded in eastern Kabul, while two cars were badly damaged and some neighboring shops were set on fire, reports said.
Reuters news agency later reported that Abdul Samad, a Taliban spokesman, had telephoned soon after the first car bomb to claim responsibility.
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A spate of suicide bombings in past weeks, most of them largely ineffectual blasts in the volatile south, have been blamed on the ousted fundamentalist Taliban militia.
The deadliest was on Sept. 28 when a suicide attacker in military uniform drove a motorbike into buses outside an army base on the same road in Kabul, killing eight soldiers and a civilian.
Four German soldiers were killed by a suicide attack on a bus in June 2003.
The worst experienced by German peacekeepers was in 2003 when four German soldiers were killed and more than 30 wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a bus.
This year has been the worst for insurgency-linked violence since the late 2001 fall of the Taliban, with about 1,400 people killed -- most of them suspected militants.