Auto bomb in Afghan capital kills young girl, wounds 19

  • Auto bomb in Afghan capital kills young girl, wounds 19

Auto bomb in Afghan capital kills young girl, wounds 19

Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said the blast occurred in the eastern neighborhood of Qabil Bay, in an area that is home to a police station, the government's customs offices and some guest houses.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack so far. Kabul has recently seen a spate of large-scale militant attacks by the Taliban and also the Islamic State group, whose affiliate in Afghanistan has grown stronger since it emerged in 2014.

A suicide vehicle bomber struck on Friday in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing one person and wounding 14 bystanders, officials said, but there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Earlier, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the "suicide" blast had targeted "a foreign forces convoy" when it went off around 9:00 am in the Qabil Bay area of Kabul.

"We are making this offer without preconditions in order to lead to a peace agreement", Ghani said in opening remarks to the conference attended by officials from around 25 countries involved in the so-called Kabul Process.

Bismillah Tabaan, the police commander of the city's ninth district where the explosion took place, said the cause of the blast was a suicide bombing but details, including the target, were not yet clear.

Friday's bombing comes just two days after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan for peace talks with the Taliban "to save the country", including a proposal to eventually recognize them as a political party.

Ghani made his plans known this week, during a highly successful worldwide peace talks in Kabul, which made United States officials believe and hope that the longest war in U.S. history may be heading to a settlement.

The recent attacks have underscored the weaknesses of Afghan security forces more than 16 years after the US -led invasion toppled the Taliban.

The Taliban, fighting to restore Islamic rule after their 2001 defeat by USA -led troops, have offered to begin talks with the United States but have so far refused direct talks with Kabul.

Since mid-January, militants have stormed a luxury hotel, bombed a crowded street, raided a military compound and launched a suicide attack during morning rush hour in the capital, killing more than 130 people.