KABUL (Reuters) – A Taliban automobile bomb late on Monday near a housing compound utilized by worldwide organizations within the Afghan capital Kabul killed no less than 16 folks and wounded 119, officers mentioned as emergency employees started cleanup operations.
Injured males obtain therapy on the hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, September three, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
The blast, which shook buildings a number of kilometers away, got here simply as Zalmay Khalilzad, the particular U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan was outlining particulars of a draft accord with the rebel motion in a tv interview.
Following main Taliban assaults on two northern cities over the weekend, the bombing in a closely populated space of the capital added to questions across the peace deal reached between U.S. and Taliban negotiators within the Qatari capital Doha.
Inside ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi mentioned the blast was attributable to a tractor filled with explosives near Inexperienced Village, a residential compound in jap Kabul utilized by overseas workers of worldwide teams together with support organizations.
He mentioned round 400 overseas nationals have been evacuated from the closely protected website, positioned off a serious street in an space of homes and outlets.
Armed attackers, who deliberate to comply with up the blast, have been killed by safety forces, he mentioned.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned the assault had destroyed rooms and places of work of “invaders”.
“Enemy claims of civilian losses are false as no civilians have been allowed near the positioning of the assault,” he mentioned in a tweet.
Khalilzad, a veteran Afghan-born diplomat who has been main U.S. negotiations, mentioned nearly 5,000 U.S. troops can be pulled out and 5 bases closed in alternate for Taliban ensures that Afghanistan wouldn’t be used as a base for militant assaults on the USA and its allies.
However the deal didn’t embody a proper ceasefire and Monday’s assaults, in addition to main assaults on the northern cities of Kunduz and Pul-e Khumri, underlined doubts about whether or not it might result in an finish to violence.
Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Sayed Hassib; writing by James Mackenzie; Modifying by Simon Cameron-Moore