At least three killed in Kabul attack

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At least three civilians killed in attack aimed at compound housing foreign security contractors, officials say.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide vehicle bombing, claiming one of the group's members carried out the attack on a foreign forces' convoy.

The UN Security Council on Thursday welcomed the Afghan government's offer to engage the Taliban in direct peace talks and called on the Taliban to accept it without preconditions.

Pakistan has been providing secret support to the Taliban despite being pressurised and warned by the United States to take a decisive action against the terror groups, revealed United State Army General Joseph L. Votel.

It was the fourth suicide attack in Kabul in three weeks and comes days after the top United States general in Afghanistan said protecting the city was "our main effort".

What's more, there are about 400,000 people working on these opium farms, more than the number serving in the Afghan National Security Forces, the fact-checking site added.

Trump approved a more aggressive strategy past year that included more USA combat advisers and air strikes, and fighting is expected to pick up in the coming weeks.

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Jan Agha said the attacker targeted a "foreign convoy" on Saturday but was not successful. To harden Kabul, to protect the people of Kabul and the worldwide community that are here ... the Taliban are in the city.

But Nicholson conceded that preventing further attacks would be challenging in the sprawling city that is poorly mapped and extremely porous.

The most recent was on March 9 when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shia-majority area of the city, killing at least nine people.

Police officials said the exact cause of the explosion was being investigated and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Janjua's visit to Kabul comes in response to a "special invitation: from Atmar".

The group also said that departure of American troops from Afghanistan remains a precondition for the group's talks offer.

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