Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan, says Nato

A man receives treatment for his injures at Wazir Akbar Khan hospital after a massive explosion rocked Kabul late on 28 November

A man receives treatment for his injures at Wazir Akbar Khan hospital after a massive explosion rocked Kabul late on 28 November

"A number of gunmen entered the G4S compound right after the vehicle bomb", said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry.

"It is unfortunate and events like this bolster our resolve for peace", said Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan national security adviser, on the sidelines of a UN-sponsored conference in Geneva where Ghani repeated calls for peace with the Taliban.

The explosion comes after at least 30 civilians were killed, along with 16 Taliban fighters, by government forces battling the insurgents in Helmand province overnight.

There was no official confirmation of the circumstances of the blast but Ghazni has been one of the most heavily fought over regions of Afghanistan this year and many areas close to the city are in the hands of the Taliban. An American contractor was also wounded, it said.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The three Gulf Arab states "are helping us to try to bring the Taliban together for an Afghan-led, but fully supported by the worldwide community, reconciliation effort", he said.




Mujahid says security forces are in control of the area and there isn't any shooting now.

Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said at least six wounded people had been evacuated from the site, but could not confirm their nationality.

An Afghan injured man receives medical care in hospital.

At the Pentagon, Mattis said he is encouraged by the efforts of veteran diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad, the State Department's special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, in attempting to lay the groundwork for a political settlement between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

However Wednesday's assault also follows a wave of bloody violence across the war-torn country in recent weeks that has killed hundreds of people as militants step up their attacks.

The US military headquarters in Kabul announced Tuesday that three US servicemembers were killed and three wounded by a roadside bomb in Ghazni province, south of Kabul, where the Taliban has been resurgent.

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