Taliban attack on Spanish embassy in Kabul dims hopes of peace talks

KABUL The Taliban claimed duty for a auto bomb attack on the Spanish embassy in Kabul on Friday, further dimming hopes for peace talks with moderate components of the Islamist insurgent movement touted just days ago by President Ashraf Ghani.

Gunfire was reported immediately following the explosion, which the Taliban mentioned was targeted at a guest property attached to the embassy in a heavily protected location of the capital close to many foreign embassies and government buildings.

“The only details we can confirm is that there has been an explosion in the embassy,” a spokesman at the Spanish Foreign Ministry in Madrid stated. He had no reports of casualties.

Security forces with armored automobiles had been deployed around the scene, with at least three insurgents involved in the attack, according to a single police official.

At least seven folks were brought to a hospital operated by the aid group Emergency, 700 meters (yards) from the Spanish embassy, according to a tweet from the organization.

A Taliban spokesman stated the attack had targeted “an invader’s guest home”.

Spain, which contributed to the international force in Afghanistan, withdrew the final of its troops in October though a few officers stay at the headquarters of NATO’s Resolte Assistance Mission in Kabul.

A Taliban attack in the southern city of Kandahar killed 50 civilians and safety forces personnel, and was only suppressed on Wednesday soon after a lot more than a day of fighting.

The very same day, Ghani returned from a regional peace conference in Islamabad aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with Taliban militants following numerous months of relative calm in the Afghan capital.

On Thursday, the head of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency resigned more than a row with Ghani, in a move that underlined the divisions amongst leaders of the country’s safety apparatus.

The Taliban has been caught up with a bloody internal energy struggle but it has nonetheless been in a position to mount well-coordinated attacks on targets across the nation.

Militants have stepped up the insurgency following the withdrawal of international forces from combat operations last year, attaining a series of successes, like seizing the northern city of Kunduz in September.

(Further reporting by James Mackenzie and by Inmaculada Sanz in MADRID Editing by Louise Ireland)

Agen Sabung Ayam