At least 16 people have been killed and more than 119 wounded after a massive explosion from a suicide car bomb attack rocked central Kabul, the third attack claimed by the Taliban in as many days in the country.
According to officials the blast hit close to green village, a large compound used by the staff of international organizations, sending a column of smoke and flame into the sky. It was followed by a second, smaller explosion that occurred as generators inside the compound blew up.
The explosion came as a senior U.S. Diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad was visiting Kabul to brief Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on a draft peace accord reached with the insurgents that could see thousands of U.S. Troops withdrawn from Afghanistan.
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.