Three wounded in blast in Afghan capital

March 18th, 2009 - 1:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, March 18 (DPA) Three civilians were wounded Wednesday in a blast triggered by a roadside bomb in Kabul as NATO’s highest decision-making body, led by its secretary general, was ending a visit to the war-torn country.
The explosion took place near an oil pump station in Kota Sangi, an area in western Kabul after a convoy of NATO forces had passed the area.

“The blast wounded three civilians,” Sayed Abdul Ghafar Pacha, head of the criminal investigative department for the Kabul police, said, adding, “Fortunately, the explosion took place early in the morning, and there were not many people in the area.”

Ahmad Munir, a witness, said the blast happened minutes after a NATO military vehicle passed by.

Wednesday was to be the final day in a three-day visit by the North Atlantic Council. The delegation was led by NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and included NATO ambassadors as well as ambassadors of non-NATO countries that have contributed troops to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

The chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, and the alliance’s supreme allied commander in Europe, General John Craddock, are also accompanying the council.

The delegation was scheduled to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday.

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