Bombs kill 15 in Afghan cap­i­tal as US gen­eral vis­its

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Three bombs rocked the Afghan cap­i­tal of Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 15 peo­ple, of­fi­cials said, as the chair­man of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff was meet­ing top US and NATO of­fi­cials in the city.

Eight em­ploy­ees of the min­istry of mines and pe­tro­leum were killed and 27 wounded in an at­tack on their bus, min­istry of­fi­cials said in a state­ment. Five women and a child were among the dead.

Min­utes af­ter the blast, a sui­cide bomber blew him­self up a few me­ters away, killing at least seven peo­ple and wound­ing 20.

“First a mag­netic bomb pasted to a minibus ex­ploded, then a sui­cide bomber blew him­self near the bus at­tack site and the third blast hap­pened when a car was blown up by un­known mil­i­tants,” said Nas­rat Rahimi, a spokesman of the in­te­rior min­istry in Kabul.

The Tal­iban, fight­ing to re­store strict Is­lamic law af­ter their 2001 ouster at the hands of Us-led troops, claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the car bomb alone.

Spokesman Zabi­hul­lah Mu­jahid said nine for­eign forces were killed and two ve­hi­cles de­stroyed, but gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials did not con­firm the Tal­iban claim.

US Joint Chiefs of Staff chair­man Ma­rine Gen­eral Joseph Dun­ford also met US peace en­voy for Afghanista­n, Zal­may Khalilzad, who is lead­ing talks with Tal­iban mil­i­tants to end the 18-year-long war.

The United States is try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate a deal that would see for­eign forces pull out of Afghanista­n in re­turn for se­cu­rity guar­an­tees by Tal­iban mil­i­tants, in­clud­ing a pledge that the coun­try will not be­come a safe haven for ter­ror groups.

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