Acceptance At least nine people were killed in a car bomb explosion in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday. At least 20 others were injured, including a member of the Afghan parliament, said Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi.
At first no one confessed to the attack. Andarabi said, according to intelligence, the militant Islamist Taliban wanted to carry out more bomb attacks in the cities.
The Interior Ministry had only on Saturday blamed the Taliban for the deaths of nearly 500 civilians in the past three months. In total, the militias have carried out 35 suicide attacks and detonated more than 500 bombs since mid-September.
The Taliban dismissed the report as “propaganda”. So-called peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have been ongoing in the Gulf state of Qatar since September 12th.
Both sides had recently reported progress. Nevertheless, the conflict continues brutally. The Taliban reject a ceasefire. After a three-week break, the talks are to be resumed on January 5th.
At the end of February, the Taliban signed an agreement with the US that provides for a gradual withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. The peace negotiations are the most important concession the US has won from the Taliban. In return, the Islamists pledged to cut ties with other terrorists.
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