No Australians hurt in auto bomb in Kabul

No Australians hurt in auto bomb in Kabul

Kerry Wise
March 3, 2018

A suicide vehicle bombing in the eastern part of the Afghan capital on Friday morning killed at least one person, a young girl, and wounded 22, Afghan officials said.

At least 22 people have been wounded in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul close to foreign embassies.

Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed the latest attack was a auto bomb, while Police Commander Bismillah Tabaan said it was a suicide attack.

"Unfortunately around 9:00 am, a auto bombing took place in (the) Qabil Bay area of Kabul".

Some houses were damaged in the explosion, residents of the locality said. In return for Ghani's offer, the Taliban would have to recognize the Afghan government and respect the rule of law, including the rights of women, one of the priorities for Afghanistan's worldwide partners, Reuters reported.

Washington has expressed hope that the recent global talks, which reportedly went better than expected, might signal a settlement of the "longest war in history".

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According to reports, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group loyalists had claimed responsibility behind the attack.

The US ambassador in Kabul, John Bass, hailed Mr Ghani's "very courageous stand" and his "commitment to pursue a peaceful settlement through talks" after more than 16 years of conflict, as officials said the onus was now on the Taliban to respond. The United States will support direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban when both sides commit to them. In this open letter, he urged the Taliban to accept a ceasefire and peace talks with the Afghan as well as the US government.

More than 16,000 foreign troops are deployed in Afghanistan under the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mandate, mostly Americans who supervise Afghan forces and conduct counter-terrorism operations.

Participants at the Kabul Process urged the Taliban to come forward and engage the National Unity Government in a political process, noting the success of a similar deal struck two years ago by the Afghan government with Hizbe-Islami, a former insurgent group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

But Kabul has remained on alert, fearing violence. American officials are also braced for more fighting in spring. "The target of the attack was a foreign forces convoy", adding that police are investigating.