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A European vehicle (EUPOL Afghanistan) targeted by a suicide attack in Kabul (maj)

(BRUSSELS2) A vehicle of the EUPOL Afghanistan mission was “ implied » in a suicide attack today à Kaboul, confirmed the European mission to support the Afghan police on Monday (January 5). We cannot yet say whether the EUPOL Afghanistan vehicle itself was targeted. A investigation is open « in close connection with afghan national police » says the European mission. But the Taliban movement openly claimed responsibility for this attack targeting a European vehicle.

The vehicle of EUPOL (*) rolled to the east " on the road jalalabad in Kabul "when he was a victim" à 13h (local time = approx. 10 a.m. Brussels) of an explosion of a parked vehicle. There is apparently no breakage among EUPOL members. “ The occupants of the vehicle came out unscathed »Indicates le Acting Head of Mission Pia Stjernvall in a statement. Corn " several civilians were injured ", and others were fatally injured. According to a latest report drawn up by the Afghan police, there are 2 dead and 12 injured.

The EUPOL Afghanistan mission was indirectly affected a year ago by an attack in a restaurant frequented by many expatriates in Kabul, killing 2 mission employees: a Danish woman and a British security officer (read: 2 dead at EUPOL Afghanistan in a restaurant attack in Kabul).

Let us clarify that this mission is only an “advisory” mission without an executive mandate (no power of arrest or security). The objective is essentially to provide advice and training to the Afghan authorities and the Kabul police force.


(*) Some information mentions an “armored”. To our knowledge, EUPOL does not have “armored” in the usual name of a military vehicle but rather vehicles with “armoring” to protect its occupants.

(Updated) January 6, balance sheet revaluation.



Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).