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Taliban strikes at NATO Kabul HQ

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The Taliban says it was behind a suicide car bomb attack on Afghanistan’s most secure district that has left seven people dead. Nearly 100 others were wounded by the device which went off outside NATO headquarters in the heart of the capital Kabul.

The Taliban claims the target of the strike was the US embassy but the heavily guarded building was undamaged by the massive explosion. Instead, the Afghan Ministry of Transport bore the brunt of the blast with dozens of employees hurt by flying glass. An unknown number of International Security Assistance Force personnel were also wounded. The area hit, the Wazir Akbar Khan district, is home to most major foreign embassies and organisations in the capital. The boldness of the attack highlights the Taliban’s determination to disrupt the country’s presidential and provincial elections on Thursday. Violence has surged recently with Taliban fighters staging increasingly daring strikes on local government buildings in the south and east – as well as raids in once-quiet areas in the north and west. However, the government is equally determined the election will go ahead as planned with some 17-million voters due to cast their ballots.