Suicide car bombing kills 16 in Kabul

ISLAMABAD, At least 16 people were killed and 119 others were wounded in a truck bomb attack in Afghan capital city Kabul, confirmed Afghan Interior Ministry on Tuesday.

The coordinated attack targeted a residential area Green Village compound in Kabul, residing foreign nationals and offices, late on Monday night killing at least 16 people and injuring 116 others; mostly civilians.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Nusrat Rahimi told media that five attackers were involved in the attack who were killed after Special Forces entered the area.

He said that a fuel station in the area caught fire in the explosion. At least 400 foreign nationals were rescued from the area by police, he added. According to local media, spokesman for Taliban rebels Zabiullah Mujahid has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier in January, the same compound was targeted by a truck bomb explosion in which four people were killed and 90 others were wounded.

The attack came hours after United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad briefed the Afghan government on a proposed agreement “in principle” with Taliban group that would see withdrawal of 5,000 US troops from Afghanistan within five months.

The US envoy showed the draft deal to the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani following the end of the ninth round of US-Taliban talks in Doha, Qatar.

Source: Kuwait News Agency