KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan’s capital Sunday, killing not less than three individuals in a car, the newest assault to happen at the same time as authorities negotiators are in Qatar to renew peace talks with the Taliban.
Tariq Arian, spokesman for the inside minister, mentioned a spokesman for the ministry’s public safety forces — a safety drive — was one of many three killed within the assault. One different particular person was wounded he mentioned.
Nobody instantly claimed accountability for the assault.
The Islamic State group has claimed accountability for a number of assaults within the capital in latest months, together with on academic establishments that killed 50 individuals, most of them college students. IS has claimed accountability for rocket assaults in December focusing on the main U.S. base in Afghanistan. There have been no casualties.
Taliban militants have in the meantime continued their insurgency towards authorities forces whereas maintaining their promise to not assault U.S. and NATO troops.
Sunday’s assault comes as Afghan negotiators are to renew talks with the Taliban geared toward discovering an finish to many years of relentless battle. Frustration and concern have grown over a spike in violence that has combatants on each side blaming the opposite.
The stop-and-go talks between the Taliban and the federal government come amid rising doubt over a U.S.-Taliban peace deal brokered by the administration of outgoing President Donald Trump. An accelerated withdrawal of U.S. troops ordered by Trump means simply 2,500 American troopers will nonetheless be in Afghanistan when President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace this month.
Biden has advocated for maintaining a small intelligence-based presence in Afghanistan, however Taliban leaders have flatly rejected any overseas troops.