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Taliban Claims Responsibility For Deadly Kabul Bomb Blast


Afghan security forces gather at the site of a powerful truck-bomb attack a day after it detonated near a foreign compound in Kabul on January 15.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a bombing in Kabul that killed at least four people.

The explosion near a fortified foreign compound late on January 14 also wounded 113 people, according to the Health Ministry.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the militant group, said on January 15 that four attackers blew up an explosives-packed truck before entering Green Village and "killing many" foreigners.

The Interior Ministry said three military personnel and one civilian were killed in the bombing, while 12 women and 23 children were among those wounded.

Authorities were investigating if any foreigners were among the casualties, it also said.

Until recently, some UN staff lived and worked at Green Village, but officials said the area was now largely empty and "only a number of guards" were left.

The latest attack comes as U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is touring the region for meetings aimed at bringing an end to the 17-year war in Afghanistan.

The Taliban controls or contests nearly half of Afghanistan, where it is waging a deadly insurgency against the Western-backed Kabul government and government security forces.

With reporting by AFP, Reuters, and AP
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