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Kabul: TV crew killed by car bomb

  • At least six die in Kabul car bombing
  • Attack targeted TV station vehicle
  • Tolo TV a “legitimate target” – Taliban

The news

There has been a car bomb attack in the centre of Kabul.

At least six people, thought to be employees of local TV news station, Tolo, have been killed.

At least 24 people, including women and children, were wounded in the bombing on Darulaman Road, which happened at the height of the evening rush hour.

“Police are working to identify the victims of today’s attack, but there was no military convoy in the area, they were all civilians”
said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.

However, the Taliban said last year that they considered Tolo TV a legitimate target.

Officials say it happened in the area of the national parliament, government ministries and the Russian embassy.

The Interfax news agency quotes a Russian foreign ministry source as saying it was not aimed at their embassy.

The context

If confirmed, this is the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the Afghan capital.

There have been at least six in Kabul since the start of the New Year.

A rocket landed near the Italian embassy on Sunday, injuring two security guards.

The government is trying to revive a peace process with Taliban insurgents that broke down in July.

Envoys from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US have met in Kabul this week.

They urged the Taliban to join peace talks with the aim of bringing a negotiated end to 15 years of war.

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