Six killed in suicide bombing in Kabul

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(Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed six people near a military academy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, the interior ministry said. The bombing took place near the government-run defense university, the Marshal Fahim Military Academy, at the beginning of the morning rush hour. The Taliban denied involvement in the blast and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The academy, modeled after European war colleges to train Afghan cadets, has been the scene of several attacks in the past, including an assault last May claimed by Islamic State. However, it was the first major attack in the capital this year and comes at a time of heightened uncertainty in the country as U.S. and Taliban negotiators in Qatar try to pursue talks toward a peace deal to end 18 years of war.

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