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6 killed in Kabul vehicle bomb blast

Suicide bombing kills six near military academy in Kabul Suicide attack on Afghan military academy leaves five dead
Deanna Wagner | 14 February, 2020, 20:29

The Taliban denied involvement in the blast and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The ministry of defence said five people were killed and at least six injured.

Twelve others were wounded, spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said in a statement. "Ambulances rushed to the area quickly", resident Samiullah, who like many Afghans goes by one name, told AFP.

He blew himself up after hitting a vehicle going inside the academy near the check post.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called the bombing a crime against humanity.

"The great nation of Afghanistan wants an end to violence, an end to the war, a ceasefire, and an enduring peace", he said.

US -led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to destroy al-Qaida after the September 11 terrorist attacks of that year, and topple the Taliban, who had ruled the country since 1996 and were harboring the terrorist group founded by Osama bin Laden. Alongside the Taliban, other militants operate in Afghanistan, including the Islamic State group.

This is the first substantial attack in Kabul since November, and it was believed the Taliban were trying to avoid high-profile hits inside the capital to facilitate peace talks.

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An Afghan man reacts near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan February 11, 2020.

India condemned the heinous terror attack in Afghanistan's Kabul on February 11 and asserted that the global community must unite in the fight against terrorism.

The academy has been attacked in the past.

However, there has been dispute over the conditions that would lead to the United States troops finally leaving Afghanistan and ending a war that has been going on for 18 years.

There appeared to have been little progress in reaching a deal in recent weeks, however, prompting the insurgents to blame the White House and what they said were a growing list of demands. "We pray for the speedy recovery of those injured", it said. "The Secretary informed me about the Taliban's proposal with regards to bringing a significant and enduring reduction in violence".

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said Tuesday that he is cautiously optimistic there could be a USA agreement with the Taliban over the next days or weeks, but that a withdrawal of American forces is not "imminent".

The Taliban have issued an ultimatum to Washington after weeks of talks with a US peace envoy, demanding a reply on their offer of a seven-day reduction of violence in Afghanistan, or they would walk away from the negotiating table, two Taliban officials said Wednesday.