Taliban blast in Kabul kills four Afghan soldiers

An Afghan national army soldier stands guard next to a bus which was hit by a remote-controlled bomb at the site of an incident in Kabul October 21, 2014.

An Afghan national army soldier stands guard next to a bus which was hit by a remote-controlled bomb at the site of an incident in Kabul October 21, 2014.

At least four Afghan soldiers were killed, and around a dozen people including six civilians wounded after a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials said.

The blast, caused by a remote-controlled bomb, targeted an Afghan army bus at around 06:45 am (0215 GMT) in the western part of Kabul, the Ministry of Defense said.

“In a remote-controlled bomb attack against an army bus at 6:45 am in Aqa Ali Shams in Kabul, four army personnel were killed and 12 wounded, including six civilians,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Taliban, who have this year stepped up their attacks against the Afghan security forces, claimed responsibility via their official Twitter account.

It is the latest in a series of attacks on local security forces as foreign combat troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

A residual force of 9,800 U.S. troops will remain, however, under a U.S.-Afghan security agreement signed last month.

Afghan casualties have rocketed over the past two years as NATO has handed over most combat duties to the nation’s police and army.

The U.S. military estimated this month that 7,000-9,000 Afghan police or troops had been killed or wounded so far this year.

 
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