An Afghan policeman watches the wreckage of what is believed to be a NATO military SUV as it is removed from the scene of a suicide car bomb attack in Kabul on Dec. 27. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)
BRATISLAVA — Two Slovak soldiers were among three NATO personnel killed Friday in Kabul when a Taliban suicide attacker detonated an explosives-packed car next to a NATO military convoy, Slovakia's defense ministry confirmed.
"We can confirm that two members of the Slovak armed forces died today in an attack on a convoy in Afghanistan," a ministry statement issued in the capital Bratislava said.
It did not identify the soldiers, revealing only that they had served in the fifth regiment at a special forces base in Zilina, central Slovakia.
The blast Friday in the Afghan capital injured six civilian passers-by and left the twisted remains of the attacker's car scattered across the scene along with several other badly-damaged vehicles, witnesses said.
The attack raised to three the number of dead among the 234 Slovak troops serving in NATO's International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan.
Daniel Kavuliak, 35, who was killed in an insurgent attack in July, was the first fatality.
NATO forces are withdrawing after more than a decade of fighting the Taliban, but negotiations have stalled on a security accord that would allow some US and NATO troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.