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Taliban suicide bomber in Kabul kills at least 14

Minibus attack

A suicide attack on a minibus in Kabul has killed at least 14 people and injured several, authorities say.

The bus, which was said to be carrying Nepalese security guards, was on a road to the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The attacker, who was on foot, waited for the bus as it left a compound, police said.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, the first since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

“The suicide bomber targeted a minibus of security guards of a foreign company, right now we are working to identify the nationalities of the victims,” Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told media reporters.

More than two dozen ambulances were present at the scene, according to a witness.

The incident follows a suicide attack on a bus near Kabul last month and an attack on a court in Ghazni in June. Both attacks were claimed by the Taliban in revenge for the execution of six prisoners.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency against the government since 2001. Nato ended its combat mission in December 2014, although about 13,000 training and counter-terrorism troops remain in Afghanistan.

Peace efforts have stalled after the Taliban refused to participate in new talks with the Afghan government until foreign forces had left the country.




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