A Taliban suicide car bombing in the Kabul killed at least 10 Afghan civilians, a US service member and a Romanian soldier in the second such attack this week after a preliminary US-Taliban peace deal was announced.
The blast took place on Thursday in Shash Darak, a heavily fortified area adjacent to the Green Zone and home to several important complexes, including the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence service, and the US embassy.
Notably, the attack took the lives of 10 civilians and wounded 42 people. The Taliban claimed it who are holding peace talks with the United States in Doha. Qatar, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi reported.
Hours later, the Taliban set off a car bomb outside an Afghan military base in a neighbouring province, killing four civilians.
“Peace with a group that is still killing innocent people is meaningless,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement.
Moreover, a NATO Resolute Support mission statement said the two service members were “killed in action,”. Furthermore, it did not provide details or release their names pending notification of their families.
Likewise, a Taliban suicide bombing in eastern Kabul on Monday night killed at least 16 people. Additionally, it wounded more than 100, mostly residents. The armed group said targeted a compound housing aid agencies and international organisations.
However, a surge in deadly violence gripped the capital even after the US and the Taliban reached an agreement “in principle”. Coupled with, it would see the Pentagon pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan in return for various Taliban security promises.
Lastly, the US negotiator for peace in Afghanistan said this week the two sides had drawn up a draft framework agreement under which US troops would leave five military bases in Afghanistan within 135 days of signing the pact.