Taliban bomber in Kabul targets army bus, kills 3

Oct 02, 2014, 1:39 AM EDT
Afghan security forces inspect near an army bus at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on October 1, 2014.
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A Taliban suicide bomber targeted an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Thursday, killing three people and wounding 10, the interior ministry said, the fourth high-profile attack in the capital since Monday when the new president was sworn in. Reuters writes:

The militant Islamist group claimed responsibility and its reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, urged Afghans to wage jihad to establish a Islamic rule in Afghanistan, calling the election a "publicity stunt".

"You would have, by now, come around to know what sort of unqualified figures, being loyal to foreigners’ interests, have been imposed on you by the Americans," the Taliban's one-eyed leader said in his yearly Eid Al-Adha message.

President Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated on Monday after months of deadlock over who won the election that threatened to rekindle outbreaks of violence along ethnic lines. Under the terms of a U.S.-brokered deal ending the stand-off, the new president and his former rival, Abdullah Abdullah, will share power.

During Ghani's first three days of rule, he has signed long-delayed security deals with NATO and the United States allowing troops to stay beyond 2014.

At least seven Afghan soldiers have died and many were injured on Wednesday after a suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying troops in the Afghan capital Kabul. The BBC writes:

A second bus was hit by a suicide bomber elsewhere in the city, injuring two soldiers and two civilians. The Taliban said they had carried out the attacks. The blasts come a day after Afghan and US officials signed a deal letting US troops stay in Afghanistan after the end of 2014.

The Taliban has called the deal a "US-orchestrated sham".

The agreement was authorised by new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, who was sworn in on Monday. On that same day, two bombs killed at least 15 people in Kabul and Paktia provinces. Mr Ghani's predecessor, Hamid Karzai, had refused to sign the deal because of a disagreement with the U.S.