The Taliban have claimed a suicide bombing at a bank near Kabul's diplomatic quarter, coming as the U.S. prepares another boost in troop levels to Afghanistan. Matthew Larotonda reports.
Another attack in the heart of Afghanistan's capital, and this one near the heavily fortified U.S. embassy. A suicide bomber was responsible for this explosion at a bank near Kabul's diplomatic quarter. At least five were killed and eight wounded, according to the interior ministry. It was claimed by the Taliban, who say they were targeting police and military personnel withdrawing their salaries. The government hasn't confirmed the identies of those killed. U.N. estimates suggest that in addition to attacks on security forces, over 200 civilians have been killed in the city in just the first half of the year between attacks by the Taliban, Islamic State, and other militants. This latest incident also comes just a week after the U.S. announced it would be ramping up its troop levels in the country again, with no planned withdrawal. The White House has not disclosed how many they will be sending, but there are about 8,400 already in the country. Just a sliver of the 100,000 troops at the war's height during the Obama administration.