Taliban suicide blast near Kabul airport

A deadly car bomb has exploded near the entrance to Kabul airport, killing at least four people, days after killed dozens and wounded hundreds.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in a crowded area outside an airport checkpoint, but a security official said it appeared to be aimed at two armoured cars, although it was not clear who was in the vehicles.

The tangled, burning wreckage of one of the cars lay on its side as dozens of firefighters and police gathered.

Four were killed and 17 wounded, including a child, said Wahidullah Mayar, a spokesman for the public health ministry.

Kabul was on high alert following last week’s attacks, which killed at least 40 civilians and security forces personnel in the worst violence in the Afghan capital in years.

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The wave of violence comes days after a change of leadership in the Afghan Taliban, who , Mullah Mohammad Omar, late last month and named Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour as their new leader.

His swift appointment by a small council of leaders in the Pakistani city of Quetta has angered some, and adding to speculation that the latest wave of violence is linked to the leadership dispute.

The Taliban are seeking to re-establish their hardline Islamist regime, after they were toppled by US-led military intervention in 2001.

Source : theguardian[dot]com
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