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One killed, scored injured as Kabul auto bomb targets foreign forces

One killed, scored injured as Kabul auto bomb targets foreign forces

Gresback said no North Atlantic Treaty Organisation service members were injured in the incident.

A suicide auto bombing in the eastern part of the Afghan capital Friday morning that killed a girl and wounded 22, Afghan officials said.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack so far. At the same time, witnesses also reported at least one dead.

"Unfortunately around 9:00 am, a auto bombing took place in (the) Qabil Bay area of Kabul", Ministry's spokesperson Najib Danish told AFP, stating that police are now investigating the attack, which occurred in an area where many expatriates reside.

A police official said a suicide bomber had struck in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after a loud explosion was heard in an area close to foreign embassies on Friday.

"Unfortunately around 9:00 am, a vehicle bombing took place in (the) Qabil Bay area of Kabul".

Another interior ministry spokesperson, Nasrat Rahimi, said that it was not clear if there were foreign casualties following the blast.

The one killed was a child, a security source and witnesses at the scene told AFP, with the security source adding that more than one dozen people had been injured.

A series of recent attacks have underscored the weaknesses of Afghan security forces more than 16 years after the US-led invasion toppled the Taliban.

The Conference will look to finding a peaceful solution to decades of war in Afghanistan by bringing the Afghan government, the Taliban and other warring parties into direct peace talks as the initial process.

The attack came two days after President Ashraf Ghani offered to start peace talks with the Taliban, and just over a month after an ambulance packed with explosives was detonated in the city centre, killing about 100 people.

More than 16,000 foreign troops are deployed in Afghanistan under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mandate, mostly Americans who supervise Afghan forces and conduct counter-terrorism operations.

Since November, the United States military has increased air strikes against Taliban positions, training camps and heroin laboratories, which are an important source of revenue for the group. American officials are also braced for more fighting in the spring.

Since mid-January, militants have killed 130 people in Kabul after storming a luxury hotel, bombing a busy street, raiding a military compound, and now launching a suicide attack this morning.


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