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Suicide Bomber Near Kabul Airport Causes Casualties

Onlookers stand at the site of a suicide car bomb near the international airport in Kabul on December 28.

A suicide car bomb attack has killed at least one civilian as it targeted a convoy of foreign forces near Kabul's international airport.

Reports of the bombing on December 28 say that four to thirteen other civilians were wounded.

General Haq Nawaz Haqyar, head of police at Karzai International Airport, told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that the number of casualties could increase because the blast took place in a residential area.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast follows a series of attacks this month claimed by Taliban insurgents, including an assault on a Spanish Embassy building and a suicide bombing near Bagram Air Base that killed six American troops last week.

The attack also comes just one day after Pakistani Army chief General Raheel Sharif visited Kabul in an effort to restart peace talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban.

A first round of talks with the Taliban were held in July but were abandoned shortly after insurgents announced the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar.

Afghan forces are currently battling insurgents in fierce fighting in Helmand Province.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP