Afghan policemen arrive at the site of a Taliban attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Afghanistan December 11, 2015. PHOTO: Reuters Afghan policemen arrive at the site of a Taliban attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul, Afghanistan December 11, 2015. PHOTO: Reuters

Taliban Claim Responsibility of Attack on Spanish Embassy

Written by  Reuters Saturday, 12 December 2015 17:34

KABUL: The Afghan Taliban on Friday claimed responsibility to a car bomb attack near the Spanish embassy in Kabul dimming hopes for peace talks among Afghan Government and the insurgent group.

Gunfire was reported immediately following the explosion, which the Taliban said targeted “an invader’s guest house” near the embassy in a heavily protected area of the capital close to many other foreign missions and government buildings.

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy confirmed that the attack Kabul was not directed against the embassy itself but the nearby guest house, even though it left one Spanish policeman injured.

Security forces with armoured vehicles were deployed around the scene. At least three insurgents involved in the attack, according to one police official.

At least seven people were brought to a hospital operated by the aid group Emergency, 700 metres (yards) from the Spanish embassy, according to a tweet from the organisation.

The car bombing came after the Taliban attacked an airport complex in Kandahar earlier this week. The attack left 50 civilians and security personnel dead, and was only suppressed on Wednesday after more than a day of fighting.

The same day, Ghani returned from a regional peace conference in Islamabad aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with the Taliban.

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