KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two civilians working for the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan were killed Monday in a suicide car bomb attack on a
An official at Pul-e-Charkhi prison, near the site of the blast, said the victims were American security advisors who work on a
The advisors had just left the prison when their convoy was attacked, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials issued a statement describing the victims as contractors, but didn't immediately confirm their nationalities.
Zubair Sediqqi, a Pakistan-based spokesman for the Hezb-i-Islami militant faction led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
At about 2:30 p.m. local time, a Toyota Corolla packed with explosives rammed into the convoy near Pul-e-Charkhi, Afghanistan's biggest prison, said Hashmat Stanikzai, a spokesman for the Kabul police. Three Afghan civilians also were wounded in the attack, Afghan officials said.
Ambulances rushed to the scene, and
The prison official said the convoy carried personnel working for the Corrections System Support Program, a State Department-funded initiative that trains prison officials, helps with improving infrastructure and works to rehabilitate former insurgents.
[Updated 11:43 a.m. PST, Feb. 10: