Blast Rocks Police Base in Kabul, 10 Dead

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Kabul:  A powerful explosion was heard in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul reportedly after a suicide bomber tried to enter a police building on Monday.
Several bodies were strewn around the area, a photographer with the AFP news agency reported from the scene. 10 dead and 20 wounded in this attack, deputy interior minister said.

Ambulances rushed to the spot of what was described by witnessed as a powerful blast. There was no further immediate information on the target or number of casualties from the blast.

The blast came a month after Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Raheel Sharif visited Kabul to try to prepare the ground for fresh peace talks with the resurgent Taliban.

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Pakistan – the Taliban’s historic backers – hosted a milestone first round of talks in July but the negotiations stalled when the insurgents belatedly confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar.

Afghanistan sees the support of Pakistan as vital to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. But despite the growing bonhomie with Islamabad, analysts caution that any substantive talks are still a long way off.

Afghan forces are currently battling to push out Taliban insurgents who seized large swathes of the key opium-rich district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand.