June 2, 2017 5:14 am JST

Taliban affiliate blamed for Kabul attack

Authorities claim Pakistan connection

YUJI KURONUMA, Nikkei staff writer

NEW DELHI -- Afghan authorities have accused the Taliban-linked Haqqani network of carrying out the deadly bombing on Wednesday in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, though the group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack.

A tanker truck exploded near the German Embassy in Kabul's diplomatic quarter during rush hour. Local officials have told reporters that 80 or 90 people were killed. The U.S. State Department announced that 11 Americans were injured.

Unlike other Taliban affiliates, Haqqani occasionally conducts terror attacks on its own. It is also influential, and has warned the Taliban leadership not to respond to the Afghan government's calls for peace negotiations.

Afghan authorities say that Haqqani planned the Wednesday bombing together with neighboring Pakistan's intelligence agency. But they have not offered any concrete evidence.

The Taliban denied any connection to the attack on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the execution of 11 Taliban and Haqqani members detained in 2014, according to local reports on Thursday.

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