A Taliban vehicle bomb exploded late on Monday (September 2) close to a housing compound used by international organisations in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 16 people and wounding 119, officials said.
The blast, which shook buildings several kilometres away, came just as Zalmay Khalilzad, the special U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan was outlining details of a draft accord with the insurgent movement in a television interview.
Following major Taliban attacks on two northern cities over the weekend, the bombing in a heavily populated area of the capital added to questions around the peace deal reached between U.S. and Taliban negotiators.
The Interior Ministry said the blast was caused by a tractor packed with explosives close to Green Village, a residential compound in eastern Kabul used by foreign staff of international groups including aid organisations.
The Taliban’s main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said the attack had targeted foreign forces. He said a car bomber had blown himself up and multiple attackers had stormed the compound.