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Kabul convoy attack: Nato soldier killed in suicide blast
  Thursday 03 August, 2017
Kabul convoy attack: Nato soldier killed in suicide blast

A suicide bomber has attacked a military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing a Nato soldier and wounding several others, officials say.

Five soldiers and an interpreter were injured, a Nato statement said.

Local media reports say three civilians were also killed in the incident in the city's Qarabagh district.

The bombing is the latest violence to have hit Afghanistan this month - on
Tuesday more than 30 people were killed in a mosque blast in Herat.

On Monday a suicide bomber killed two people near the Iraqi embassy in Kabul.

A Nato statement said that Thursday evening's blast happened when a joint patrol with the Afghan army was attacked by a "personnel-borne improvised explosive device".

The statement said that all those injured are in a stable condition and are being treated at the US military hospital at Bagram airfield.

Correspondents say the growing strength of the Taliban and the group known as so-called Islamic State (IS) in Qarabagh is a major source of concern to Nato forces based in nearby Bagram.

According to the United Nations, Afghanistan saw at least 1,662 civilian deaths in the first half of 2017, with about 20% of those in the capital.

At the end of July, a suicide car bomb killed at least 30 people in a mainly Shia district of Kabul. The Taliban said they had carried out that attack.

On 31 May, a huge bombing in the centre of the city killed more than 150 people, the deadliest militant attack in the country since US-led forces ousted the Taliban from power in 2001.

The violence underlines the precarious security situation in Afghanistan as US President Donald Trump weighs up whether to increase the number of US troops aiding the military and police in the country.

Correspondents say the suicide bombings in Kabul in recent weeks have also created a crisis of public confidence in the government, its policies and in particular the reputation of President Ashraf Ghani.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40820947

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