Eight killed as car bomb rocks Afghan capital

Eight killed as car bomb rocks Afghan capital

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Kabul: Officials said that a car bomb killed 8 people and wounded more than 15 people in Kabul on Sunday. This is the latest attack on the Afghan capital.

Despite the peace talks between the Taliban and the government to end the country’s protracted conflict, Kabul has suffered a wave of deadly violent attacks in recent months.

Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, attributed the attack to “terrorists” and said the casualties included women and children.

A security source said the car bomb detonated in the west of the capital, and a health ministry official also confirmed the blast.

“It was a powerful explosion that has caused a lot of damage to houses in the vicinity,” the source said.

Television footage showed at least two cars on fire, with plumes of thick black smoke billowing into the sky.

No group has so far claimed responsibility.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for some recent attacks in the capital.

IS militants attacked two education centers, including one at Kabul University. Witnesses shot in the classroom and dozens of people were killed, most of them students.

The organization also claimed that there had been a series of rocket attacks recently.

On Saturday, five rockets were launched at Bagram Airport, a major US air force base north of Kabul, but there were no casualties.

IS also claimed the attack.

Sunday’s car bomb comes just two days after 15 children were killed and many more wounded when a motorbike laden with explosives blew up near a religious gathering in a remote part of Ghazni, officials said, blaming the Taliban.

The children had gathered to recite Koranic verses, a regular activity on the Islamic holy day of Friday.

The Taliban denied involvement and said the blast occurred when “unexploded ordnance” detonated near the children.

Violence has surged across several provinces in Afghanistan this year.

Between January and September more than 2,100 civilians were killed and more than 3,800 wounded, according to the UN mission in Afghanistan.

The peace talks opened in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in September and are currently suspended until early January.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called for the next round of negotiations in the country.

The outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has worked hard to end the longest war in the United States, and Washington signed an agreement with the Taliban earlier this year, promising to withdraw all of its forces by May 2021 Out of the country.

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