Child killed in Kabul bombing near Australian embassy

A 12-year-old girl was killed and 22 injured after a car bomb exploded near the Australian Embassy in Kabul on Friday.

The death toll is expected to rise, however Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed that no Australians were killed.

Two Australians, a doctor and children, are amongst the injured.

“The Australian government extends its sympathies to families and friends of people killed and injured by this attack,” said Ms Bishop.

The bombing comes days after Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani had talks about a peace negotiation with the Taliban, suggesting that they become their own political party.

The explosion in the eastern side of Kabul, known as Qabil Bay, left one convoy destroyed, damage to Australian Embassy vehicles, and debris from surrounding buildings scattered around the bombsite.

The attack is said to be a suicide bombing believed to be targeting foreigners.

Kabul has a history of attacks that have been the responsibility of the Taliban as well as Islamic State. Just this year there was an attack to an ambulance, killing close to 100 people as well as hotels becoming targets of warfare.

The city is already populated with police checkpoints and razor wire.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for these attacks.

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