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4 Afghan special forces killed in suicide attack in Kabul

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A suicide bomber targeted an Afghan special forces base in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least four soldiers, officials said, as violence escalated after US-Taliban peace talks collapsed.

The suicide bomber detonated a minibus at the entrance to the camp in Chahar Asyab, killing four special forces personnel and wounding three others, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued a statement in which he claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed more than 200 soldiers had been killed. The Taliban usually announce exaggerated figures.

Mujahid said the bomber managed to infiltrate the base before the attack.

The attack highlights expectations of an escalation in violence after US President Donald Trump abruptly canceled talks with the Taliban aimed at withdrawing US troops and ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan.

Last week’s suicide bombing killed 10 civilians and at least two NATO soldiers near the US embassy in Kabul.

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