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Truck bombing in Kabul leaves two wounded: officials

AP, KABUL

A Taliban truck bomb exploded in the Afghan capital yesterday, wounding two people in the first attack targeting Kabul in almost three weeks, officials said.

Afghan Ministry of the Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi suggested the blast, which happened just before 6am at a gas station near Kabul’s military airport, might have been a premature suicide attack. The bombing wounded two civilians, Sediqqi said.

Farid Afzeli, the head of the criminal investigation division of the Kabul police, said that the truck was attempting to enter downtown Kabul when it blew up.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived about two-and-a-half hours before the blast at the adjacent civilian airport from Saudi Arabia, where he had gone to mourn the late King Abdullah, said an official on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to speak with journalists.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a message on Twitter.

Kabul has been quiet since earlier this month, when a suicide car bomber attacked the headquarters of the European police training mission, killing an Afghan civilian and wounding five.

Taliban-led insurgents have intensified their operations across Afghanistan in the past year, as they test Afghan security forces following the withdrawal of international combat troops.

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