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Explosion shakes Afghan capital

A Taliban truck bomb exploded in the Afghan capital, wounding two people in the first attack targeting Kabul in almost three weeks.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi suggested the blast, which happened just before 6am local time, at a petrol station station near Kabul's military airport, might have been a premature suicide attack.

The bombing wounded two civilians, he said.

Farid Afzeli, the head of the criminal investigation division of Kabul police, said that the truck was attempting to enter central Kabul when it blew up.

President Ashraf Ghani arrived about two-and-a-half hours before the blast at the adjacent civilian airport from Saudi Arabia, where he had gone to mourn the late King Abdullah.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a message on Twitter.

Kabul has been quiet since early January, when a suicide car bomber attacked the headquarters of the European police training mission, killing an Afghan civilian and wounding five.

Taliban-led insurgents have intensified their war across Afghanistan in the past year as they test Afghan security forces following the withdrawal of international combat troops.


From Belfast Telegraph