At Least 1 Dead, 22 Injured in Car Bomb Explosion in Kabul

04 March, 2018, 04:38 | Author: Edward Snyder
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A auto bomb detonated near a passing Australian embassy convoy in eastern Kabul on Friday, an embassy statement said, killing at least one child and wounding several people just days after Afghanistan unveiled plans for Taliban peace talks.

Security forces rushed to the scene as passers-by helped move the wounded, with witnesses complaining to AFP that ambulances took around half an hour to arrive.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish said explosives were placed in a Suzuki vehicle and detonated when a convoy of vehicles drove by.

No Australians were injured in the attack, according to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop.

"The US interests in Afghanistan lie in keeping one group from gaining too much power and maintaining the balance among extremist elements, so they prevent the creation of a supreme power that champions the will of Afghan people", he said, referring to the Taliban and ISIS, which are both present in Afghanistan.

However, Taliban fighters control large parts of the country, the Kabul government itself is deeply divided and thousands of Afghan soldiers and civilians are being killed every year.

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




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.

This explosion came just days after Kabul hosted the second Kabul Process conference in which the Afghan government sent a peace offer to the Taliban.

Since November, the US military has increased airstrikes against Taliban positions, training camps and heroin laboratories, which are an important source of revenue for the group.

The Taliban "calls on American officials to talk directly to the Political Office" of the group, read the statement, apparently referring to an alleged office in the Qatari capital.

But Ghani and United States officials now accept that the Taliban can enter peace talks without first accepting the country´s new democratic constitution and its protections for women and minority groups.

Security in the capital has been tightened amid fears of more attacks.

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