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Bomb kills 15, including 6 Americans, in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide car bombing tore through a U.S. convoy in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 15 people including six Americans in a blast so powerful it rattled the other side of the Afghan capital. U.S. soldiers rushed to help, some wearing only T-shirts or shorts under their body armor.

A Muslim militant group claimed responsibility for the morning rush hour attack, saying it was carried out by a new suicide unit formed in response to reports that the United States plans to keep bases and troops in Afghanistan after the 2014 deadline for the end of the foreign combat mission.

The group, Hizb-e-Islami, said its fighters had stalked the Americans for a week to learn their routine before striking, a claim that raises questions about U.S. security procedures.

Two children were among nine Afghan civilians killed.

"I can't find my children. They're gone. They're gone," their father screamed before collapsing to the ground as neighbors swarmed around to comfort him.

Two American soldiers were killed, as were four American civilian contractors with DynCorp International. DynCorp, a U.S. defense contractor in Falls Church, Va., said its employees were working with U.S. forces training the Afghan military when the blast occurred.

It was the deadliest attack to rock Kabul in more than two months and followed a series of other assaults on Americans, even as U.S.-led forces are focusing more on training while leaving the fighting militants to their Afghan counterparts.

Thursday's bombing pushed the monthly toll for the U.S.-led coalition to 18, making May the deadliest month so far this year.

President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack, saying it was the work of "terrorists and enemies of Afghanistan's peace."

A U.S. soldier arrives at the scene where a suicide car bomber attacked a U.S. convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. The powerful explosion rattled buildings on the other side of Kabul.

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A U.S. soldier arrives at the scene where a suicide car bomber attacked a U.S. convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. The powerful explosion rattled buildings on the other side of Kabul.

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