Car bomber kills 40 near former VP home in Kabul

Car bomber kills 40 near

A suicide car bomber struck Tuesday near the home of a former Afghan vice president and a hotel frequented by Westerners, killing at least eight people and wounding nearly 40 in a neighborhood considered one of Kabul's safest. The blast was the deadliest in the heart of the city since an October 28 assault on a guesthouse filled with US staffers killed eight people, including five UN workers. Tuesday's attack occurred at mid-morning in Kabul's heavily guarded Wazir Akbar Khan district, an area favored by foreigners and wealthy Afghans. Security officials at the scene suspected the target was the home of former Vice President Ahmad Zia Massoud - brother of legendary anti-Taliban fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was killed in an al-Qaida suicide bombing two days before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.