Coordinated Afghan bomb blasts wreak havoc in Kabul

Coordinated Afghan bomb blasts wreak havoc in Kabul
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25 July, 2019
At least ten people are dead from the blasts.
Kabul has been hit by another spate of bombings [Getty]
At least ten people have been killed, including women and children, after a series of bomb blasts hit the Afghan capital on Thursday.

Three bombs were detonated in Kabul ahead of election season, with at least 41 injured.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for at least one of the bomb attacks, part of a wider campaign against the government despite ongoing peace talks with the US.

Afghan interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the first blast took place at 8:10 am local time when a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle targeted a bus belonging to the ministry of mines and petroleum in eastern Kabul.

A second blast took place close by, while a third hit a separate district also in eastern Kabul, Rahimi added.

Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said the toll from the blasts was at least ten dead, including five women and a child, and 41 wounded.

The US is negotiating for a deal that would see foreign forces pull out of Afghanistan in return for a ceasefire and various Taliban security guarantees.

This would include a pledge from the insurgent group that Afghanistan will not become a safe haven for terror groups.

Some observers say the insurgents are increasing attacks to gain greater leverage in the talks.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the eastern province of Nangarhar, said a car carrying a family on its way to a wedding was also hit by a roadside bomb Thursday in Khogyani district, killing six women and three children.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

A suicide attack reportedy involving a child bomber on a wedding in Nangarhar on 12 July was claimed by the Islamic State group.

US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is in Kabul this week, is expected to travel to Qatar's capital Doha in coming days for the new round of talks with the Taliban.

Washington has stepped up its air campaign against the Taliban this year.

Still, the US and the Taliban insist they are making progress, and the insurgents and a group of Afghans this month made a vague and unbinding pledge to try to reduce civilian deaths to "zero".

But according to the UN, at 3,804 civilians died in the war in 2018, including 927 children.

President Donald Trump said he wants the US to quit Afghanistan as soon as possible.

He provoked outrage in Afghanistan this week when he claimed he could easily win the war but did not "want to kill 10 million people" or wipe Afghanistan "off the face of the Earth".