Vehicle bomb rocks Kabul

Vehicle bomb rocks Kabul

A Taliban suicide auto bomber has detonated explosives near to a compound for foreign security contractors in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials said.

"Around 9:10am this morning a suicide vehicle bomb exploded in Police District Nine of Kabul", interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said, adding the target of the attack was not clear.

"All those killed were barbers or shoeshine men".

When asked about Pakistan's continuous support to Taliban and other terror organisations, Votel said, "I can not tell you that we have seen decisive changes in the areas in which we're working, but I remain very well-engaged with my partner to ensure that we are moving forward on this".

In a WhatsApp message sent to journalists Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the bomber had targeted a convoy of "foreign troops".

The ministry said all those killed and wounded in the attack were civilians, with no casualties among the contractors. "More such attacks will be carried out", the statement said.

The attack came days after the top United States general in Afghanistan said protecting the capital was "our main effort".

President Ashraf Ghani called for a ceasefire last month and also explored a possibility of the Taliban group becoming a political party, if they accept the peace deal unconditionally.

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Trump approved a more aggressive strategy previous year that included more United States combat advisers and air strikes, and fighting is expected to pick up in the coming weeks.

"Kabul is our main effort right now, to harden Kabul, to protect the people of Kabul and the global community that are here because of the strategic impact that has and the importance to the campaign", General John Nicholson said on Wednesday.

But Nicholson conceded that preventing further attacks would be challenging in the sprawling city that is poorly mapped and extremely porous.

In the past year, insurgents have staged massive bombings in the Afghan capital, including one in January that killed more than 100 people and another in May 2017 near the German embassy.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast that hit the Despechari area in eastern Kabul in the morning on March 17.

Although the Taliban has been largely silent on Ghani's proposal, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis recently said that some elements within the terrorist groups are receptive to the offer.

Janjua's visit to Kabul comes in response to a "special invitation: from Atmar".

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