A suicide bomber blew himself up on a road near Kabul airport, with one person has confirmed died while 4 others have been injured, officials in the Afghan capital said on Monday, barely two weeks after a major Taliban assault in the city. Officials however expect the number to go up.
A police officer at the scene said a suicide bomber walked up to a pickup truck and detonated explosives he was wearing and that an unspecified number of people had been killed and wounded.
Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said investigators were at the scene.
Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Minister, said on twitter that:
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban has increased their offensive recently across the country against Afghan Security forces.
The suicide bombing near Kabul airport followed a series of attacks this month claimed by Taliban insurgents, including an assault on a Spanish embassy guest house in the capital on December 11 and a suicide bombing near Bagram air base that killed six American troops on December 22.
Earlier this month, Taliban militants and Afghan security forces were locked in a more than 24-hours battle at an airbase outside Kandahar city that resulted in the death of 11 people. Militants had taken hostages in the attack that was also targeting foreign nationals. The airbase is home to US military operations as well NATO forces.
The Taliban have been ramping up attacks on government and foreign targets in brazen attacks despite the harsh winter season when the fighting usually winds down.