Kabul, Sep 5 As many as ten people were killed and 42 others were wounded after a Taliban suicide bomber driving an explosives-laden car blew himself up near National Directorate of Security (NDS) checkpoint in the Afghan capital, Kabul on Thursday.
The attack took place at around 10:10 am local time in a high security zone that houses several government offices, including the headquarters of Afghanistan’s primary intelligence agency – the National Directorate of Security.
Interior Ministry spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi said the blast that took place at 10.10 a.m. in Shashdarak area of Kabul killed 10 civilians and injured 42 others. Some 12 private vehicles were also destroyed in the powerful explosion, according to Tolo News.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the car bomb explosion in Shash Darak area in Kabul. The group claimed to have targeted a foreign forces convoy which was entering an NDS facility in the area.
Its spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that three Land Cruisers were “completely damaged” in the attack that killed “12 foreign invaders and eight NDS soldiers”.
That attack took place hours after US special envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad shared with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani a draft accord with the Taliban after several months of peace talks in Qatar. US and the Taliban are in the process of finalising an agreement for peace in Afghanistan to end the 18-year old war.
At least 12 vehicles in the area have been damaged in the blast in Shash Darak area, the Ministry of Interior said.