Taliban car bomber targets Nato convoy

2015-12-28 10:36
An Afghan security forces member inspects the site of a suicide car bomb attack near the Kabul airport. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

An Afghan security forces member inspects the site of a suicide car bomb attack near the Kabul airport. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

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Kabul - A Taliban bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle near Kabul airport on Monday in an attack on a Nato convoy, killing a civilian a day after Pakistan's army chief visited the Afghan capital in an effort to revive peace talks.

Four other civilians were wounded in the early morning attack, which comes amid a worsening security situation in Afghanistan as the Taliban step up their nationwide offensive.

Suicide attack

"The bombing occurred near Kabul airport... We're finding out more details," said Gul Agha Rohani, Kabul deputy police chief.

Interior ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter: "One civilian killed and (four) civilians wounded in car bomb explosion."

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said the insurgents were behind the suicide attack on a foreign forces convoy, claiming that "several invading forces were killed and wounded".

The Taliban are known to exaggerate battlefield claims.

Nato said in a brief statement that it was investigating the incident.

Dialogue

The attack comes a day after Pakistan's powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif visited Kabul in a bid to prepare the ground for fresh peace talks with the Taliban.

"Both sides agreed that the first round of dialogue between Afghanistan, Pakistan, US and China will be held in January to lay out a comprehensive roadmap for peace," the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement.


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