Officials: Suicide attacker kills 3 NATO forces, 4 Afghan police

 A suicide attack on a joint Afghan-NATO foot patrol killed at least 14 people early Monday.

Story highlights

  • The Taliban claims responsibility for the attack
  • The nationalities of the NATO service members were not immediately available
  • The bomber rode an explosives-packed motorcycle, an Afghan official says

A suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan Monday killed 14 people, including three NATO service members and four Afghan police, and wounded 57 others, a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry said.

The bomber targeted a joint patrol of ISAF forces and Afghan police, using an explosives-packed motorcycle, according to Sediq Seddiqi, a spokesman for the ministry, which condemned the attack.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force confirmed the attack, saying three ISAF service members and their interpreter died in a bombing in eastern Afghanistan Monday.

Their nationalities of the ISAF forces were not immediately available.

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Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a suicide bomber had killed eight foreign forces and six Afghan security forces. The Taliban regularly reports higher casualty figures than either NATO or the Afghan government.