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Kabul: Suicide Car Bomb Attack Kills One Near Airport

Kabul, Suicide attack

An Afghan official said, at least, one person was killed in a suicide car bomb attack near the Kabul airport, but there were no other immediate details, reported Reuters.

According to AFP, 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.

Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Minister, said Monday that four others were hurt in the early-morning attack that took place near the airport.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban have increased their attacks recently across the country against the Afghan Security forces.

Earlier this month, Taliban militants had stormed the airport complex in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar city and laid siege for over 24-hours, resulting in the death of 50 people.

In yet another suicide attack, a motorcycle-riding Taliban suicide bomber had killed six American soldiers near Kabul on December 22, in a brazen attack as the resurgent militant group battled to seize a key southern district in Afghanistan’s opium-growing heartland.

The Taliban also assaulted a Spanish embassy guesthouse in the capital on Dec. 11 and a suicide bombing near Bagram air base that killed six American troops last week.

Pakistan – the Taliban’s historic backers – hosted a milestone first round of talks in July, but the negotiations stalled when the insurgents belatedly confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar.

Afghan forces are currently battling to push out Taliban insurgents who seized large swathes of the key opium-rich district of Sangin in southern Helmand province.

Observers say the intensifying insurgency highlights a push by the militants to seize more territory in a bid to wrangle greater concessions during talks.

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