Government Bus Hit by Suicide Bombing in Kabul


In the first major blast in Afghanistan’s capital since the suicide attack on the popular restaurant in Kabul on January 17, which was reported on here and killed 21 people, at least four people have now died in another suicide bombing attack against a bus belonging to the Ministry of Defence.

According to Interior Ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqi, the bomber was on foot when he detonated himself next to a bus carrying Ministry of Defence staff to work, with three people inside the bus killed and one female bystander. At least nine were wounded.

Nato combat forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan this year after more than a decade of fighting the Taliban, as around 58,000 NATO-led combat troops who are still in Afghanistan are due to leave by the end of 2014. However, Washington is proposing that 5,000 to 10,000 US soldiers be deployed from 2015 to train and assist Afghan security forces in their battle against the Taliban militants.

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