Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

#THE 51%

Developing a code of their own: Are women leading the tech revolution in Paris?

Read more

#TECH 24

Motorsport innovation

Read more

ENCORE!

Jennifer Jason Leigh on 'Patrick Melrose' and all-female casts

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Turkey tracks down the opposition, beyond its borders

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Crisis averted: What lessons have been learned from Cape Town's water shortage?

Read more

REVISITED

Video: Shenzhen, from fishing port to China’s Silicon Valley

Read more

FASHION

Dior trots out Cruise collection at Chantilly stables

Read more

IN THE PRESS

'I really don't care', do we? Melania Trump's coat chaos

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Eurozone agrees 'historic' deal to pave way for Greece's bailout exit

Read more

Middle East

Car bomb targeting foreign forces in Kabul kills young girl

© Wakil Koshar, AFP | Afghan security personnel arrive at a site after a car bomb targeting foreign troops in Kabul on March 2, 2018.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2018-03-02

A large explosion in the eastern part of the Afghan capital on Friday morning killed at least one person, a young girl, and wounded six people, an Afghan official said.

A suicide car bomb targeting a foreign forces convoy rocked eastern Kabul early Friday, killing at least one civilian and injuring four in an area where many expatriates reside, the Afghan interior ministry said.

"Unfortunately around 9:00 am, a car bombing took place in (the) Qabil Bay area of Kabul," ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP, giving the toll and adding that police are investigating.

Earlier, Danish had said the explosion took place "in" the vehicle, which he initially said belonged to an international contractor.

Another interior ministry spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said it was not clear if there were foreign casualties following the blast.

Local media showed extensive damage to the facades of nearby houses, and witnesses reported a strong explosion.

No group immediately claimed the attack, which is the latest to hit Kabul, one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians as both the Taliban and the expanding Islamic State group step up their assaults on the city.

The bombing also comes just days after Afghan president Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan for peace talks with the Taliban, including a proposal to eventually recognise them as a political party.

Ghani revealed his plans in a speech during international peace talks in Kabul this week that went better than expected, with officials in Washington daring to hold out hope that the longest war in US history may be heading to a negotiated settlement.

But Kabul remains on high alert, fearing further violence.

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.

(AFP)

Date created : 2018-03-02

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Deadly assault on top Kabul hotel ends, Taliban claims responsibility

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Dozens killed in multiple Kabul blasts

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    Militants attack Kabul intelligence training centre

    Read more

COMMENT(S)