Afghanistan attack: Suicide bombing near Kabul compound

At least 10 people have been killed and more than 20 injured in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The bomb went off near a compound where tribal elders are expected to gather next week to discuss a security pact with the US.

The Taliban have told the BBC they carried out the attack.

The security pact governs the status of US military personnel staying in Afghanistan beyond the withdrawal of most international forces in 2014.

It will be discussed next week by Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga, the traditional council of elders.

Those killed in Saturday’s attack include a police officer. Many of the other casualties appear to have been civilians.

The vehicle packed with explosives was chased by security personnel after failing to stop at a checkpoint

A policeman was among those killed by the blast which also claimed the lives of several civilians
Vehicles being removed from the site of a bomb attack in Kabul, 16 November 2013
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack near the site of next week’s Loya Jirga
In injured man at the site of the Kabul bomb blast, 16 November 2013
More than 20 people were injured in the explosion
Police say the attacker crashed a vehicle filled with explosives into an Afghan army vehicle when soldiers identified it as a threat and opened fire.

The blast occurred less than 100m from a large tent where more than 2,000 prominent Afghans will gather on Thursday to debate the security pact with the US.

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