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Five killed in attack in Kabul, Taliban claim attack


A car bomb attack left five dead and around 30 wounded in the center of the Afghan capital. The Taliban, who are negotiating a peace deal with the United States, have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan security personnel arrive at the attack site in central Kabul on Thursday (September 5th). RAHMAT GUL / AP

A car bomb attack left at least five people dead and 25 injured on Thursday morning, 5 September, in central Kabul. The Taliban, who are on the verge of finding a peace deal with the United States, have claimed responsibility for the attack. It targeted the tightly controlled district of Shash-Darak, home to the headquarters of the Afghan secret service and is located near the green zone, which hosts the embassy.

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A hospital director told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that civilians and security personnel were among the dead and wounded. The attack took place near a security post, which squares the neighborhood. "I went out just after the attack, the roadside was covered with debris and body , told AFP the owner of a photo studio located near the scene of the explosion. I could hear injured people screaming, calling their mother and their loved ones. "

Taliban in talks with Washington

The Afghan capital had already been on Monday, the scene of a violent attack that left 16 dead and a hundred wounded. The suicide bombing has been claimed by the Taliban as they have been negotiating for months with the United States for an agreement to end an eighteen-year-old conflict. The US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was at the beginning of the week in Kabul.

This agreement must allow, among other things, the withdrawal of a large number of US military from the country. In exchange, the Taliban would pledge to prevent any activity by terrorist groups in the territory as well as engage in a dialogue with the current government. But the Islamic group has launched this weekend an offensive to try to seize the strategic city of Kunduz, and an operation in Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of the neighboring province of Baghlan in the north. They have been rejected, according to the authorities.

Read the analysis: "The agreement between the United States and the Taliban is a curious give-and-take"

Source: lemonde

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