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Blast kills civilian in Kabul

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KABUL: A vehicle in Kabul city was hit by a bomb on Monday morning, leaving at least one civilian dead and two security forces wounded, an Afghan official said.

“A Hilux vehicle was exploded in Mirwais Township in Bagrami district at around 7:30 in the morning, in which a civilian was killed and two security force members were wounded,” Kabul Police said in a statement.

The injured were rushed to the hospital and an investigation has begun.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but officials accuse the Taliban of placing the bomb to target security forces. There was no immediate response from the Taliban.

Large swathes of the country are littered with bombs and land mines. Many were planted by insurgents to target government military convoys, but they often kill civilians instead.

The United Nations has repeatedly demanded both government forces and the Taliban take more precautions to protect civilians.

The violence comes as U.S. President has ordered American fighter jets to pound Taliban strongholds across the country. U.S. airstrikes have recently targeted militants in several positions in support of Afghan forces.

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