At least six people including a policeman have been killed in a car bomb attack in the Afghan capital Kabul. Several people were injured in the explosion early on Friday morning near the parliament building. It is the third attack of its kind in less than three weeks in Kabul.
Police say they had stopped the bomber at a checkpoint when he blew himself up. No one has claimed responsibility although the Taliban has been blamed for similar assaults recently. There was little traffic in Kabul at the time of the explosion as the city largely shuts down on Fridays – the Muslim holy day. Many analysts expect fighting this year to be even worse than last – 2006 was the bloodiest year in Afghanistan since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.