Taliban Blast Kills 5 People in Kabul Ahead of 'Peace Deal'

Published September 5th, 2019 - 10:01 GMT
Afghan security forces walks as municipal workers gather to clean up near the crater from where a tractor packed with explosives exploded the night before at the Green Village in Kabul on September 3, 2019. (AFP/ File Photo)
Afghan security forces walks as municipal workers gather to clean up near the crater from where a tractor packed with explosives exploded the night before at the Green Village in Kabul on September 3, 2019. (AFP/ File Photo)
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At least 5 killed in Taliban bomb attack in Afghan capital.

At least five people have been killed in a Taliban-claimed bomb explosion that rocked downtown Kabul, as representatives from the United States and the militant group negotiate a “peace” deal in the war-ravaged country.

The blast occurred after an assailant detonated his explosive vest in Shash Darak, a heavily-fortified area close to the Green Zone in the Afghan capital and home to a number of important complexes, including the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence service.

“We confirm an explosion in the Shash Darak area” at about 10:10 a.m. (05:40 GMT) on Thursday, said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman of the Interior Ministry. “Ambulances and rescue teams are being rushed to the blast site,” he added, without giving further details.

Other reports said that the bomb attack targeted a security checkpoint near NATO’s Resolute Support Mission headquarters.

At least five people lost their lives and 25 others sustained injuries in the bomb attack, said Farid Ahmad Karimi, general manager at Wazir Akbar Khan hospital close to the bomb site.

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Video footage and photographs posted on social media showed a number of vehicles and small shops destroyed and police cordoning off the road.

The Thursday blast occurred three days after another Taliban-claimed explosion killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 100 others.

The latest offensive also came as American and Taliban negotiators have reportedly finalized a deal in the Qatari capital, Doha. 

Nearly 20,000 foreign troops, most of them Americans, are currently deployed in Afghanistan as part of a mission to purportedly train, assist, and advise Afghan security forces.

Despite the talks, deadly skirmishes between the Taliban and Afghan forces as well as attacks on populated areas of the country continue.

The talks come almost 18 years after the US and its allies invaded Afghanistan to overthrow a Taliban regime.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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