bomber in Afghan capital targets army bus, kills three
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[October 02, 2014]
KABUL (Reuters) - A Taliban suicide
bomber targeted an Afghan army bus in Kabul on Thursday, killing three
people and wounding 10, the interior ministry said, the fourth
high-profile attack in the capital since Monday when the new president
was sworn in.
The militant Islamist group claimed responsibility and its
reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, urged Afghans to wage jihad
to establish a Islamic rule in Afghanistan, calling the election a
"You would have, by now, come around to know what sort of
unqualified figures, being loyal to foreignersí interests, have been
imposed on you by the Americans," the Taliban's one-eyed leader said
in his yearly Eid Al-Adha message.
President Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated on Monday after months of
deadlock over who won the election that threatened to rekindle
outbreaks of violence along ethnic lines.
Under the terms of a U.S.-brokered deal ending the stand-off, the
new president and his former rival, Abdullah Abdullah, will share
During Ghani's first three days of rule, he has signed long-delayed
security deals with NATO and the United States allowing troops to
stay beyond 2014.
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Seven people were killed when the international airport was attacked
on Monday, while two bombs detonating in the east and west of the
city on Wednesday killed at least seven people.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the earlier attacks, vowing
to fight the new "stooge regime".
(Reporting by Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi; Editing by Nick
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