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US Looks to Protect Afghan Capital Against Taliban Bombings

US Looks to Protect Afghan Capital Against Taliban Bombings

An official with Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says a suicide auto bomber targeting a British security company in the capital Kabul has killed two civilians and wounded three others.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Interior (MoI), confirmed the bombing that happened at around 9:10am in Park-i-Sanati Kochak area in the limits of ninth police district.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) also on Thursday issued a statement in which they asked the Taliban to accept the Afghan government's peace offer.

The pre-planned blast took place when many people were driving to work and educational institutes.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast that hit the Despechari area in eastern Kabul in the morning on March 17.

General John Nicholson, who leads US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan, said the Taliban have taken heavy casualties since US President Donald Trump authorised ramped-up air operations past year, pointing to increasingly effective Afghan commando and regular Afghan army units.

The attack comes weeks before the start of the spring fighting season which is expected to be more intense this year as militants respond to intensifying US and Afghan air strikes and ground offensives
US Looks to Protect Afghan Capital Against Taliban Bombings

A SUICIDE attacker blew up a bomb-laden vehicle in Kabul today, killing at least two civilians and wounding several others, an Afghan official said.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday presented the organization's annual report in Brussels and said the National Unity Government's (NUG) peace offer is the clearest invitation to the Taliban and that they should make use of the opportunity.

Taliban and the militant Islamic State (IS) fighters have been ramping up attacks in Kabul in recent months, increasing pressure on the Afghan government, which is frequently lambasted for its inability to protect civilians.

Once seen as relatively secure, the sprawling Afghan capital of Kabul is becoming the main focus of an intensified US-backed battle against the Taliban this year after a series of high-profile attacks exposed major gaps in security.

"They have done the bare minimum to appear responsive to our requests", the official added, citing the need to prod the Taliban toward the negotiating table and round-up militants.

Nicholson said the Afghan Army were taking over at least some of the once "porous" police checkpoints inside the city, and was training specialized soldiers to stand guard.




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