Taliban attack breaks months of quiet in Kabul

Taliban attack breaks several weeks associated with quiet inside Kabul
| Reuters

By Mirwais Harooni and also Jessica Donati

KABUL |Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:28pm BST

KABUL (Reuters) - the Taliban attacked any convoy involving foreign vehicles in Kabul in Friday with gunfire along using a suicide vehicle bomb that features been heard throughout the Afghan capital, the initial major incident there since July.

Two Afghan civilians were killed and also four others wounded, such as children, police sources said. Right now there had been no reports the Taliban - which claimed duty - sustained casualties.

The attack started about 5 p.m. (1330 GMT) when a convoy of vehicles owned by foreign forces had been attacked with a suicide bomber in a car, near to Green Village, a new residential compound for military contractors as well as other civilian staff, police resources said.

"First there was an explosion in front of Green Village which destroyed 2 or 3 vehicles belonging to foreign forces," a police official said, declining in order to specify your nationality regarding those targeted.

There had been conflicting reviews by what happened next, but the insurgents didn't find a way to enter in the compound.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated in Twitter: "This attack ended up being carried out on a different invaders' convoy and also the essential Green Village centre."

Rumours involving an imminent attack in Kabul have been circulating as well as Germany had closed its embassy like a precaution. Green Village, in a mostly industrial a component of eastern Kabul, was focused by insurgents, including suicide bombers, within Could 2012.

The attack follows the actual capture of a senior Pakistani Taliban commander, Latif Mehsud, by simply U.S. forces within Afghanistan a range of weeks ago, an operation which angered the particular insurgent team too because the Afghan government.

Earlier this week, your Taliban killed the actual governor regarding Logar, a province just south of the money exactly where Mehsud has been captured. Governor Arsala Jamal had been a friend involving Afghan President Hamid Karzai and ran his 2009 re-election campaign.

Karzai had called Mehsud's capture a violation regarding Afghan sovereignty.

In 2 days of talks last weekend, Karzai and also U.S. Secretary associated with State John Kerry failed for you to finalise the actual terms for a continued U.S. military presence after 2014. Failure to achieve an arrangement could force Washington to make an entire withdrawal after 2014, an outcome known since the "zero option".

Karzai has refused for you to grant U.S. troops immunity from prosecution and it is leaving the actual make a difference to the country's assembly associated with tribal elders, the particular Loya Jirga, because of to fulfill next month.

The exact same issue hobbled comparable talks together with Iraq in 2011, leading to the finish of the U.S. military mission there.

(Writing by simply Jessica Donati; Editing through Robin Pomeroy)


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