Multiple bomb lasts rock Afghan capital Kabul
KABUL - At least seven people were killed and 21 wounded by three blasts that rocked the Afghan capital on Thursday ahead of the election season.
The bombing comes amid an increase in violence in Kabul and around Afghanistan, where the war is taking a continued toll even amid a US-led effort to make a peace deal with the Taliban.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which came just three days before the official campaign season for the September 28 presidential election gets underway.
Previous polls have been marred by violence and bloodshed from the Taliban and other insurgent groups who refuse to recognise Afghanistan's fragile democracy.
According to interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi, the first blast came around 8:10am Kabul time when a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle hit a bus in eastern Kabul. He said the bus belonged to the ministry of mines and petroleum.
Rahimi said two other blasts had occurred, including a car bomb, also in eastern Kabul.
Rahimi put the death toll at seven with another 21 wounded. It was not immediately clear if this was from all the blasts or just the first.
Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar gave the same toll. -APP/AFP