At least ten people died, all of them civil, and others 42 were injured in a Taliban attack with a van loaded with explosives this Thursday in Accept that, according to the insurgents, it was targeting “foreigners” who were heading to a headquarters of the main Afghan intelligence service.
This attack came in the middle of the negotiating process between the US and the Taliban.
“In today’s attack, 10 civilians were killed and another 42 people were injured,” Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said in a statement, noting that the explosion “destroyed” also a dozen vehicles.
The attack was perpetrated at around 10:10 local time (0540 GMT) with a van loaded with explosives in the Shashdarak area, in eastern Kabul, the spokesman reported in several statements.
In this high-security zone are several government offices, including a headquarters of the main Afghan intelligence agency, the National Security Directory, though Rahimi avoided confirming that this was the target.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack “against a checkpoint of the National Security Directorate.”
The target of the attack was specifically “a convoy of foreign invaders who were targeting the Directorate” and as reported by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Twitter, 12 foreigners and eight Afghan soldiers were killed in the explosion.
Last Monday night the deflagration of an explosives-laden tractor near a residential complex where foreign contractors usually stay caused at least 21 dead and 119 wounded.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack against what they called a “nest of foreign invaders.”
That attack in the Afghan capital took place on the same day that the US Special Representative for Peace, Zalmay Khalilzad, presented to the Government of Kabul the draft of an agreement with the Taliban after several months of negotiations in Qatar.
The Afghan government expressed its concern on Wednesday about the “unpleasant consequences” that this agreement could unleash, after examining a draft of the pact between both parties that provides for the withdrawal of 5,000 US soldiers.
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