Eight killed as car bomb rocks Afghan capital

Eight killed as car bomb rocks Afghan capital

A car bomb killed eight people and wounded more than 15 others in Kabul Sunday, officials said, the latest attack to rock the Afghan capital.

Eight killed as car bomb rocks Afghan capital

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian accused the “terrorists” of attacking and said the victims included women and children.

A security source said the car bomb detonated in the west of the capital, and a health ministry official also confirmed the explosion.

“It was a powerful explosion that caused a lot of damage to neighboring houses,” the source said.

The TV images showed at least two cars on fire, with thick black smoke plumes floating in the sky.

No group has so far claimed responsibility.

Sunday’s car bomb comes just two days after 15 children were killed and many others injured when a motorcycle loaded with explosives exploded near a religious gathering in a remote part of Ghazni, officials said.

The children had gathered to recite Quranic verses, a common activity on the holy Islamic day of Friday.

Violence has risen in several provinces in Afghanistan this year.

Between January and September, more than 2,100 civilians were killed and more than 3,800 injured, according to the UN mission in Afghanistan.

Peace talks – which opened in September in the Qatari capital, Doha – are currently on hold until early January.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has called for the next round of talks to take place at home.

US President Donald Trump has made efforts to end the longest American war, with Washington signing an agreement with the Taliban earlier this year, pledging to withdraw all troops from the country by May 2021.

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