Kabul blast – Taliban claim responsibility


The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb explosion that rocked Afghan capital Kabul killing at least five, wounding dozens and shaking windows and doors in houses several kilometres away.

The explosion came as a senior US diplomat was in Kabul to brief Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on a draft peace accord with the insurgents that could see thousands of US troops exit Afghanistan.

The blast hit close to Green Village, a large compound used by international organisations personnel, sending a column of smoke and flame into the sky.

It was followed by a second, smaller explosion caused by generators in the compound blowing up.

Taliban main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the attack targeted foreign forces. He said a car bomber blew himself up and multiple attackers stormed the compound.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said five civilians were killed in the blast and 50 wounded.

The blast took place as Zalmay Khalilzad, the special US envoy for peace in Afghanistan, was conducting a television interview, giving outlines of an accord which would see almost 5,000 American troops exit Afghanistan in the coming months.

In exchange, the Taliban would not allow Afghanistan to be used as a base for attacks on the United States and its allies by militant groups including Al Qaeda and Islamic State.