Taliban conducts deadly bombing in Kabul amid gov’t efforts for peace

Publish: 3:19 PM, November 29, 2018 | Update: 3:21:PM, November 29, 2018

KABUL – Taliban militants organized a deadly car bomb attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday night, causing many casualties.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed Thursday in his Twitter account that the attack claimed 10 lives and injured 29 others.

According to Danish, there were five attackers and they all were killed by security personnel during the firefight which lasted for a while.

The Taliban outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Zabihullah Majahid, claiming to speak for the Taliban outfit, contacted media and claimed that the militant group had targeted a military unit of “U.S-led invading forces” that served as “a center of clandestine and covert
operations” in Kabul.

According to Majahid, a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car outside the unit compound, enabling others to enter it and open fire on anyone around.

The attack took place just hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced in Geneva on Wednesday the formation of a 12-member negotiating team to work on peace talks and national reconciliation with the Taliban

Afghan observers believe that the car bomb on Wednesday night was a clear response to the government’s new offer for peace.

According to officials, insurgents also targeted a London-based British security contractor company called G4S in Kabul on Wednesday night.