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Car bomb kills eight people near US Embassy in Kabul

13 May 2017

The Ministry of Interior said earlier in the day that at least 25 people had been wounded.

A vehicle bomb targeting a convoy of foreign troops exploded near the US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday, killing eight people and wounding 25 others, an Afghan official said.

Still, among ISIS suicide attacks outside of their main Afghan territory in Nangarhar, this was among the biggest, raising the concern that despite multiple anti-ISIS offensives and multiple claims that the group has been "wiped out" in Afghanistan, their capabilities continue to grow.

Ghani also told visiting Pakistani officials that Afghanistan wants swift and practical steps against terrorists before any possible meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, Menapal said.

The suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle as the convoy passed near the U.S. Embassy, the terrorist group said on its Amaq news agency.

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Three coalition service members received "non-life threatening wounds" but are in a stable condition, a spokesman for US Forces Afghanistan said, without confirming their nationalities.

The Islamic State's affiliate in Afghanistan is known as the Khorasan province, and has launched repeated attacks on USA military targets since 2015.

Afghan forces have struggled to combat both groups since the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officially concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, switching to a support and counterterrorism role. The U.S. has more than 8,000 troops in the country.

Afghan municipality workers clear the site of a suicide attack that targeted a foreign forces convoy near the USA embassy in Kabul on May 3, 2017.

No group has claimed responsibility, but the Taliban had threatened to step up attacks on worldwide forces in the spring offensive that it launched last week.

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Officials said eight people were killed and at least 28 wounded, but warned that the toll could change.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Jens Stoltenberg told a German newspaper on Sunday that the 28-nation alliance was considering boosting its troop strength once more, given the "challenging" security situation.

Eyewitnesses said an old man, who had been sitting next to the road, carried the bombing, though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, the report said further.

MRAPs, which are created to withstand large explosions, are routinely used by global forces moving around Kabul.

There are now 8,400 U.S. troops and 5,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, and 3,000 additional troops are considered for deployment in the country, which saw more than 100,000 USA troops at the height of the war, according to media reports.

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Afghan forces have been straining to beat back the Taliban insurgents since US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops ended their combat mission in December 2014.

Car bomb kills eight people near US Embassy in Kabul