By Heath Druzin
Copyright 2014 Stars and Stripes
KABUL — Two security contractors killed by a suicide blast in Kabul Monday were Americans, the U.S. Embassy confirmed.
The contractors were leaving one of Afghanistan’s main detention centers in the east of the capital, when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden sedan next to their convoy.
An official with the National Directorate of Security said Monday that three contractors were killed in the attack. But the U.S. Embassy and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force later said the number was two.
Insurgent group Hezb-i Islami claimed responsibility for the blast, which happened near Pul-e Charki prison.
The names of the victims have not been released.
There has been a series of attacks recently in the Afghan capital at a time of year when violence generally ebbs in Afghanistan, as many insurgents spend the winter in Pakistani redoubts.