(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: #Taliban suicide blast killed at least 10 people and wounded more than 40 on Thursday, destroying cars and shops in an area near the HQ of #NATO force and the U.S. embassy, officials said #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Sept.05: At least ten people were killed and 42 others were wounded in a car bomb attack in Kabul on Thursday morning, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) said in a statement: The attack took place at around 10:10 am local time after a suicide car bomber detonated his explosive close to a National Directorate of Security (NDS) checkpoint in the heavily fortified area in downtown Kabul: The ministry did not provide further details about the attack: The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and claimed to have targeted a foreign forces convoy which was entering an NDS facility in the area: The area was blocked to traffic by the security forces and the ambulances have referred the victims to Wazir Akbar Khan and Emergency hospitals TOLONews reported.

#Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack even as the insurgents and U.S. officials have been negotiating a deal on a U.S. troop withdrawal in exchange for Taliban security guarantees: “At least 10 civilians have been killed and 42 injured were taken to hospitals,” said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the interior ministry in Kabul.

Video footage and photographs posted on social media showed several cars and small shops torn apart by the blast at a checkpoint on a road near the #NATO office and U.S. embassy. Police cordoned off the area: Witnesses said the suicide bomber blew himself up as hundreds of people were standing or crossing the road.

Besmellah Ahmadi said he suffered minor wounds in the blast and sought shelter in a shop: “My car windows were shattered. People rushed to get me out of the car,” he told Reuters.

On Monday, a Taliban suicide truck bomber attacked a compound used by international organizations in Kabul, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 100: The U.S. top negotiator for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad said this week the two sides had drawn up a draft framework agreement under which U.S. troops would leave five military bases in Afghanistan within 135 days of the signing of the pact.

Khalilzad is expected to meet Afghan and NATO officials to explain the draft agreement, which must still be approved by U.S. President Donald Trump before it can be signed: Khalilzad, a veteran Afghan-American diplomat, has shared details of the draft with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and sought his opinion before firming up an agreement that could bring an end to America’s longest military intervention overseas.

Press TV: Huge #bomb #blast in front of Afghan army base in #Logar province#Afghanistan #Breaking pic.twitter.com/FpboLyYDEh— Press TV (@PressTV) September 05, 2019 at 11:08AM: via Twitter https://twitter.com/PressTV

#AceNewsDesk reports ………………Published: Sept.05: 2019: Reuters: Reporting by Hamid Shalizi, Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Rupam Jain; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Darren Schuettler

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