An attack on a police station in central Kabul has killed at least nine people and wounded 12 more. Two or more suicide bombers were involved in the assault on Saturday. Four of the dead are Afghan security forces. The others are civilians.
It came on the same day that Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai confirmed that the US government is in tentative talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the decade-long war.
The comments by Karzai are the first official recognition that the US has had any role in such contacts.
“Foreign militaries, especially the United States of America, are going ahead with these negotiations.”
He did however point out that the talks have not yet reached the stage where they could be called proper negotiations.
Although until now there has been no confirmation of the the US government talking to the Taliban, the Afghan president has made overtures to them in the past and is known to be a supporter of such negotiations.
It is thought the idea of talks may be gaining momentum after the UN Security Council voted unanimously on Friday to treat al-Qaeda and the Taliban separately.