Taliban car bomb kills at least 14

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Car bomb

Kabul - A Taliban attack on a government security compound in central Afghanistan on Sunday killed at least 14 people. 

More than 180 others, including scores of children, were injured.

Islamist Taliban fighters detonated a car bomb in Ghazni city near an office of Afghanistan’s main intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), during Sunday morning’s rush hour, officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack took place as Taliban officials and a selected group of Afghan activists and civil society figures prepared to meet in Doha.

“It is unfathomable to endanger children in this way and I strongly condemn this attack,” US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, said in a tweet.

Health officials in Ghazni said 13 adults, including eight NDS members, and a child were killed. At least 60 children who were attending classes in a private school situated near the blast site were among the 180 people wounded.

“The casualty figures may rise as this is not the last report of those injured in the powerful blast,” said Zaher Shah Nekmal, a health director in Ghazni province. - Reuters

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