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At least 10 killed, over 40 wounded in Taliban bomb attack in Afghan capital

At least 10 people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded in a Taliban-claimed bomb explosion that rocked downtown Kabul, as representatives from the United States and the militant group negotiate a “peace” deal in the war-ravaged country.

The blast occurred after an assailant detonated his explosive vest in Shash Darak, a heavily-fortified area close to the Green Zone in the Afghan capital and home to a number of important complexes, including the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence service.

“At least 10 civilians have been killed and 42 injured were taken to hospitals” said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman of the Interior Ministry, adding that the blast occurred at about 10:10 a.m. (0540 GMT) on Thursday.

Other reports said that the bomb attack targeted a security checkpoint near NATO’s Resolute Support Mission headquarters. Taliban, however, said that they had targeted a foreign forces convoy which was entering an NDS facility in the area.

Video footage and photographs posted on social media showed a number of vehicles and small shops destroyed and police cordoning off the road.

According to eyewitnesses, the terrorist blew up his explosives as hundreds of people were standing or crossing the road.