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Suicide bombing in Kabul kills 14 Nepalese security guards

Taliban claims responsibility for attack on minibus in the east of the Afghan capital, while another attack in country’s north kills at least eight.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 14 people in an attack on a minibus carrying Nepalese security guards in Kabul.

“Initial report of today’s terrorist attack in Kabul 14 killed and eight wounded. Police are working to ID victims,” interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqui said on Twitter on Monday.


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A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack on social media, claiming it was “against the forces of aggression” in Afghanistan.

The bombing, carried out by a suicide bomber on foot according to police, occurred just before 6am (0130 GMT) in the east of the Kabul along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the suicide bomber had waited near a compound housing the security contractors and struck as the vehicle moved through early morning traffic. As well as the bus passengers, several people in an adjacent market were also wounded in the attack.

It was the first attack in the capital since the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan two weeks ago.

The last attack in the Afghan capital on 19 April left 64 dead and more than 340 wounded.

That attack was also claimed by the Taliban, who have been waging an insurgency against the Western-backed Kabul government since they were ousted from power by a US-led invasion in late 2001.



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