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At least 16 killed as bomb blast rocks Afghan capital Kabul

At least 16 killed as bomb blast rocks Afghan capital Kabul

At least sixteen people were killed and 105 more injured in a suspected suicide bombing followed by gunfight at a Defense Ministry’s installation in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials confirmed to Aljazeera.

According to the Government Media Information Centre in Kabul, it was a suicide attack in the vicinity of the Pul-e-Mehmood Khan close to the old Bazar neighbourhood.

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Mohammad Karim, a police official in the area of the attack, said the vehicle bomb exploded outside a defence ministry building.

The attack comes two days after the Taliban and the United States began a seventh round of talks in Qatar, where the armed group maintains a political office.

The negotiations have so far centred on four issues – counterterrorism, the foreign troop presence, an intra-Afghan dialogue and a permanent ceasefire.

 

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