On Tuesday, a suicide bomber entered a heavily-guarded area only 500 yards from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and detonated a bomb, reportedly killing five people and wounding at least 20 others.
The attack occurred in an area of the city called Wazir Akbar Khan that includes housing for several diplomatic missions, embassies, and international nongovernment organizations.
The identity of the bomber is still uncertain. Reports are now coming in that the suicide bomber was a 13-year-old boy on a motorbike. Media reports had indicated earlier that the bomber was a man who walked into the foreign embassy area on foot.
India Times reported that interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish stated, “The suicide attack was carried out by an underage bomber, a boy we think 13 or 15 years old.” A police spokesman said the boy may have been as young as 12.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had reportedly promised to increase the security of the diplomatic zone after a truck bomb was detonated five months ago outside the German embassy, and today ordered an investigation into how Tuesday’s attacker was allowed to enter the secured area.
Defense ministry spokesman Dawalt Waziri said the bomber “made it through the first checkpoint but was stopped at the second checkpoint and detonated” there.
The Islamic State has already claimed responsibility, releasing a brief statement through its Aamaq News Agency, the Associated Press has reported.
One witness, Ghulam Hazrat, was quoted as confirming, “[T]here were a number of dead bodies and wounded victims lying around.”
There were no reports of foreigners killed or wounded.
Afghanistan: The Afghan police forces say a twelve or thirteen year-old suicide bomber on a motorbike killed at least three people when he detonated his device in Kabul’s embassy district. 31-10-2017 pic.twitter.com/xF8mR07jQr
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Afghanistan: Suicide bomber strikes Wazir Akber Khan a diplomatic area in Kabul, at least 3 killed 12 wounded. pic.twitter.com/azlWNs1Uos
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Suicide bomber detonated explosives inside Kabul Green Zone close to Australian embassy. Casualties feared, reports TOLO News. #Afghanistan
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