Suicide car bombing targeting convoy kills 3 in Afghanistan

Officials say a suicide car bombing targeting a foreigners' convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed three civilians.

The attack Saturday struck near the private Shinozada hospital in the capital's Macrorayan neighbourhood. The powerful blast echoed across the city.

Wahidullah Mayar, a Health Ministry spokesman, said at least three Afghan civilians were killed in the attack and 18 others were wounded

Najib Danish, a deputy Interior Ministry spokesman, said the attack destroyed more than a dozen of civilian vehicles.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though the Taliban has stepped up its assaults on Afghan security forces since U.S. and NATO troops ended their combat mission in the country last year. The militants also have launched a series of attacks in Kabul in recent weeks.