Three Blasts Rock Afghan Capital

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At least five people were killed on Thursday in a suicide bombing in Kabul, two other blasts had also hit the Afghan capital, an official said.

The bombing comes amid an increase in violence in Kabul and around Afghanistan, where the war is taking a continued toll even amid a US-led effort to make a peace deal with the Taliban.

The first blast came around 8:10 am (03:40 GMT) when a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle hit a bus in eastern Kabul, as said by interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

The bus belonged to the ministry of mines and petroleum, and warned the death toll could change, he said.
Rahimi said two other blasts had occurred, including a car bomb, also in eastern Kabul.

No details were immediately available on the other two blasts, and no group immediately claimed responsibility.

The US is negotiating for a deal that would see foreign forces pull out of the country in return for various Taliban security guarantees, including a pledge that Afghanistan will not become a safe haven for terror groups.

Some observer says the insurgents are increasing attacks to gain greater leverage in the talks.

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