At least seven people were killed in a car bomb attack in Kabul. At least ten other people were injured, including four foreign nationals, the Home Office said.
All fatalities are civilians, including one child, said spokesman Nasrat Rahimi. Ministry circles said that a suicide bomber blew himself up on Wednesday morning in the car. The target was apparently a convoy of government vehicles.
The bomb had hit an armored vehicle of a Canadian security company, the injured foreigners were employees of the company GardaWorld. At first, there was no information about the nationalities of the injured foreigners.
First, no group claimed the attack for themselves.
The detonation occurred one day after Afghan President Aschraf Ghani declared his willingness to exchange prisoners with the Taliban. With a view to negotiating the release of two foreigners abducted by the Taliban, Aschraf announced on Tuesday that three high-level Taliban representatives would be released "from conditions" from Bagram Prison.
Whether or when, in return, the two foreigners abducted by the Taliban would be released, Ghani did not say. Both are professors of the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. US citizen Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were abducted in August 2016 by armed men in military uniform in central Kabul.
In Afghanistan there are always kidnappings and attacks. According to a UN report released in October, an "unprecedented" number of civilians were killed or injured in Afghanistan between July and September this year.
Thus, more than 1,170 people were killed in the conflict during this period, and nearly 3,140 were injured. This represents an increase of 42 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. Above all, the UN made "non-governmental elements" such as the Taliban responsible for the violence.