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Protestors Call for a Foreign Compound to be Closed in Kabul

Protestors Call for a Foreign Compound to be Closed in Kabul

KABUL — Around 500 protesters gathered outside a compound, housing foreign nationals on Tuesday, calling for it to be shut down just hours after a bomb targeting the facility killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 100 others.
The powerful tractor bomb exploded at 10 pm outside the Green Village, a large compound in eastern Kabul where number of international organizations are based. The blast came even as the top US negotiator in peace talks was on TV talking about how close an agreement was.
The attack shook Kabul and reignited fears that Taliban violence against civilians is on the rise, despite US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad saying the United States has reached an agreement “in principle” with the militant group.
According to the draft agreement Khalilzad described Monday, 5,400 US troops would exit Afghanistan within around five months of a deal being signed.
The Taliban quickly asserted responsibility for Monday night’s attack, saying in a statement that they had targeted “foreign invaders.” But initial reports suggested the victims were entirely Afghans, including employees of the Green Village and three members of the security forces.
Officials said around 400 foreign nationals were evacuated from the heavily guarded premises.
(Sahar News)

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