Afghan suicide attack kills army troops in Kabul

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At least seven Afghan soldiers have died and many were injured after a suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying troops in the Afghan capital Kabul.

A second bus was hit by a suicide bomber elsewhere in the city, injuring two soldiers and two civilians.

The Taliban said they had carried out the attacks.

The blasts come a day after Afghan and US officials signed a deal letting US troops stay in Afghanistan after the end of 2014.

The Taliban has called the deal a “US-orchestrated sham”.

The agreement was authorised by new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, who was sworn in on Monday. [eap_ad_1] On that same day, two bombs killed at least 15 people in Kabul and Paktia provinces.

Mr Ghani’s predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had refused to sign the deal because of a disagreement with the US.

‘Huge explosion’ The attack on the army bus took place in western Kabul, and largely destroyed the bus.

“I was walking down the road when a huge explosion occurred,” shopkeeper Sanaullah Khan told Reuters.

“Right after the blast, I saw dust and smoke rising from the area and then I escaped.”

The second attack took place in northeast Kabul.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks on Twitter, saying they were a continuation of an offensive which started in the summer.


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