KABUL, Nov 15 (AFP): Afghan police Tuesday blamed Al-Qaeda militants for two suicide blasts and another incident in the capital Kabul, which they said killed nine people excluding the attackers.
A German soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was among those killed on Monday, while two others were severely injured and two Greek soldiers were slightly hurt, ISAF said.
"The new death toll we have this morning is nine," said an area police chief, General Mohammad Akbar.
One person was killed in the first blast in the early afternoon when an attacker drove a car packed with explosives into an ISAF armoured vehicle, Akbar said.
ISAF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Riccardo Cristoni said a German soldier was killed and two severely injured. The interior minister said an Afghan was also killed and five wounded.
Just over an hour later, a suicide attacker drove a bomb-laden taxi into another ISAF convoy on the same road leading to the eastern city of Jalalabad.
Akbar said six bodies were found on the roadside and in ditches after the blast, which interior ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanizai said had killed a woman and a child and wounded two Afghan soldiers.
Cristoni said two Greek soldiers were also slightly injured.
In the third incident NATO-led troops opened fire on a car as it sped towards the scene of the second blast and across a security checkpoint.
Two people were found dead in the car, Akbar said. ISAF said however there was only one body in the car.
Akbar said the faces of the two suicide attackers suggested they were Arabs and not Afghans.
Afghan officials have been quick to blame foreign nationals for a series of suicide blasts in the past two months, most of them largely ineffectual attacks in the volatile south.
The deadliest bombing was on September 28 when a suicide attacker in military uniform drove a motorcycle into a bus outside an army base in Kabul, also on the Jalalabad road, killing eight soldiers and a civilian.