Vehicle bomb in Afghan capital kills young girl, wounds 19

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Afghan girl killed in car bombing targeting foreign forces in Kabul
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03 March, 2018

A suicide vehicle bomb early Friday morning struck a foreign troops' convoy in eastern Kabul, killing at least one civilian and wounding four more, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry. "The target of the attack was a foreign forces convoy", ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP, giving the toll and adding that police are investigating.

Ghani proposed a ceasefire and a release of prisoners as part of a range of options including new elections, involving the militants, and a constitutional review as part of a pact with the Taliban to end a conflict that previous year alone killed or wounded more than 10,000 Afghan civilians.

"It's no wonder that it has had a destabilizing effect on the entire region and only when there is a peaceful solution there can we achieve greater regional security", the Uzbek foreign minister said.

A six-year-old Afghan girl was reportedly killed in the attack. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Kabul confirmed the attack was a suicide auto bombing. It said no one from the embassy had been harmed, Reuters reports.

At the blast site in the Qabil Bay neighborhood, blood pooled on the pavement amid rubble in front of a destroyed building. They spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their own safety.

The recent attacks have underscored the weaknesses of Afghan security forces.

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Kabul has recently seen a spate of large-scale militant attacks by the Taliban and also Daesh, whose affiliate in Afghanistan has grown stronger since it emerged in 2014.

In January, Taliban claimed responsibility for two separate attacks that killed almost 130 people.

Since mid-January, militants have killed 130 people in Kabul after storming a luxury hotel, bombing a busy street, raiding a military compound, and now launching a suicide attack this morning.

"We are making this offer without preconditions in order to lead to a peace agreement", Ghani said in opening remarks to the conference attended by officials from around 25 countries involved in the so-called Kabul Process.

At the time, Gen. Abdul Raziq, Kandahar's police chief, said insurgents wearing army uniforms stopped a bus and abducted 30 people.


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