Suicide Attack at Kabul Police Base Kills 10
At least ten people are reportedly killed with 20 others injured when a suicide car bomb blew at a police base in Kabul, Afghanistan’s deputy interior minister has said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes amid the Taliban’s unprecedented winter offensive despite a renewed push to restart formal peace talks.
Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman, told AFP there was “a suicide car bomb in the vicinity of a police base in Kabul city”. An AFP photographer saw at least 10 bodies around the base. Ambulances rushed to the scene, which was cordoned off by authorities.
The attack comes before a third round of four-country “roadmap talks” trying to lay the groundwork for direct dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban.
Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to convene in Islamabad on 6 February in an effort to seek a negotiated end to the 14-year Taliban insurgency.
The Taliban have stepped up attacks on government and foreign targets in Afghanistan this winter, when fighting usually abates, underscoring a worsening security situation.
Observers say the intensifying insurgency highlights a push by the militants to seize more territory in an attempt to wrangle greater concessions during talks.
The city was hit by a series of suicide attacks last month, including one that killed seven journalists from a private television station as the Taliban stepped up their campaign against the western-backed government.
The attacks coincided with renewed efforts to revive a peace process with the Islamist insurgent movement that stalled last year.
The Afghan National Civil Order Police was set up as a gendarmerie-style unit to control riots and urban disorder but have also been used in counterinsurgency roles against the Taliban.
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