The death toll from a massive blast claimed by the Taliban in Kabul has risen to 16 people — all civilians — with scores more wounded, an official said Tuesday (Sep 3).
“Sixteen killed, 119 wounded in last night’s attack. The explosion was caused by a tractor filled with explosives,” interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. The blast comes as the US military is set to pull troops from five Afghan bases under a proposed deal with the Taliban.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.
The US envoy leading talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, who has spent about a year negotiating with the Taliban, said the draw-down would occur within about four months of a final deal being approved — provided the Taliban stick to their commitments.
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