Update as of 4:11 a.m. EST: One British citizen was among those killed in the suicide attack on a British embassy vehicle in Kabul, Reuters reported Thursday.
A suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, attacked a British embassy vehicle on Thursday, killing at least five people and injuring over 30, The Associated Press (AP) reported, citing local officials. The vehicle was not carrying any British diplomats at the time of the attack.
The suicide bomber was reportedly riding a motorcycle, AP reported, citing Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the Afghan deputy interior minister. The area where the blast occurred is reportedly home to several offices of foreign companies and international military installations. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Reuters.
"I can confirm it was a British vehicle and there are some injuries. We are working with the Afghan authorities," a spokesperson said, according to Reuters.
The Taliban, which was removed from power in 2001 by U.S.-led forces, has increased its offensive in the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014. About 12,000 NATO troops are expected to stay back in the country to help train and support Afghan security forces, BBC reported.
On Sunday, at least 45 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a volleyball match in Paktika province. Last week, four people were killed in an attack when a suicide car bomb exploded near the wall of a camp that provided residence to foreign contractors in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the latter attack. A day earlier, another suicide attack targeting Shukria Barakzai, a female member of the Afghan parliament, injured 22 people, also in Kabul. On Nov. 10, there were bomb blasts in three cities across the country that killed at least 10 policemen.