• Taliban suicide bombing, gunfire rattle central Kabul

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    KABUL: A powerful Taliban car bomb followed by a fierce firefight left many people dead or wounded in Kabul on Tuesday, the Afghan president said, a week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack near government offices, which sent clouds of acrid smoke billowing in the sky and rattled windows several miles away. The brazen assault in a densely packed neighborhood marks the first major Taliban attack in Kabul since the insurgents announced the start of this year’s fighting season. “(We) condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Puli Mahmood Khan neighbourhood of Kabul, as a result of which many of our countrymen were martyred and wounded,” Ghani said in a statement without specifying the number.

    AFP

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