KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A automotive bomb blast that rocked Afghanistan’s capital Sunday morning killed at the very least eight individuals, in response to the Afghan Inside Ministry.
Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Inside Ministry, stated that greater than 15 others had been wounded within the assault together with a member of parliament, Khan Mohammad Wardak.
The lifeless and wounded included kids, girls and elders, stated Arian. He added this was solely the preliminary report of casualties, and that the toll may rise.
The assault occurred whereas the lawmaker’s convey was passing by an intersection in Kabul’s Khoshal Khan neighborhood. The blast set afire surrounding civilian automobiles, in addition to damaging close by buildings and outlets.
Nobody instantly claimed duty for the assault.
The Islamic State group has claimed duty for a number of assaults within the capital of Kabul in current months, together with on instructional establishments that killed 50 individuals, most of them college students.
IS additionally claimed duty for Saturday’s rocket assaults on the main U.S. base in Afghanistan. There have been no casualties in that assault, in response to NATO and provincial officers.
A NATO official confirmed the assault and stated preliminary stories indicated that the airfield was not broken.
Violence in Afghanistan has spiked even because the Taliban and Afghan authorities negotiators maintain talks in Qatar, attempting to hammer out a peace deal that might put an finish to a long time of conflict. On the identical time, the Taliban have waged bitter battles in opposition to IS fighters, significantly in jap Afghanistan, whereas persevering with their insurgency in opposition to authorities forces.
Earlier this week, U.S. Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Workers, held an unannounced assembly with Taliban leaders in Doha to debate navy features of final February’s U.S.-Taliban settlement.
The settlement, signed in Qatar the place the Taliban preserve a political workplace, was meant to set the stage for direct peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities.
After talks with the Taliban, Milley flew to Kabul to seek the advice of with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He stated he emphasised to each events the necessity to quickly scale back ranges of violence throughout the nation.
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