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Sixteen dead and more than 100 injured in Kabul blast

2019-09-03T04:22:23.692Z

The attack, which was claimed by the Taliban, occurred while the American envoy is in the capital to present his peace plan.



On the site of the explosion in Kabul on the evening of 2 September. OMAR SOBHANI / REUTERS

At least 16 people, all civilians, were killed and 119 others wounded in the bombing that rocked Kabul in the evening of Monday, September 2, according to a new report given early Tuesday by a spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior . "The explosion was caused by a tractor loaded with explosives," he said in a message to the media. A first assessment reported 5 killed and 50 wounded. Five attackers were killed and search and rescue operations continued until 5 am local time.

The attack, which was claimed by the Taliban, occurred near the vast complex of Green Village, home to aid agencies and international organizations. It came as US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is in Kabul to discuss with Afghan officials the draft peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban.

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Residents of the Qabil Bai neighborhood, where the Green Village is located, protested early Tuesday, burning tires and blocking an artery near the site of the blast. According to them, the presence of foreigners poses a danger to the neighborhood, which has already been targeted. "This is not the first time we have suffered because of them. Whenever they are targeted, our men, women and children are killed. We do not want them here any more, "one of them told Agence France-Presse.

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