Taliban claims responsibility for blast near Kabul's airport

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Kabul, Dec 28: Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast that claimed live of a person and left four injured near an airport in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, media reported.

The blast occurred at Hamid Karzai International Airport a day after Pakistan's army chief visited the Afghan capital in an effort to revive peace talks.

Taliban hand behind Kabul blast

The blast took place after a vehicle packed with explosives was detonated by a suicide bomber.

Pakistan -- the Taliban's historic backers -- hosted a milestone first round of talks in July but the negotiations stalled when the insurgents belatedly confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar.

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Afghan forces are currently battling to push out Taliban insurgents who seized large swathes of the key opium-rich district of Sangin in southern Helmand province. Observers say the intensifying insurgency highlights a push by the militants to seize more territory in a bid to wrangle greater concessions during talks.

OneIndia News (With agency inputs)

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