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Four killed in Kabul blast
Attack is the third suicide blast this year in the heavily secured Afghan capital.
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2007 20:43 GMT
The blast took place a few hundred metres from the parliament building [AFP]

A suicide bomber has killed three civilians and a policeman near Afghanistan's parliament in Kabul.
 
Police said four other people were wounded in the blast early on Friday.
Police had stopped the bomber in his car when he blew himself up, a policeman at the scene said.
 
The attack was the third suicide blast in the heavily secured city this year amid a raging insurgency by the Taliban, ousted by US-led forces in late 2001.

General Alishah Paktiawal, the Kabul criminal investigation police chief, said  the bomber struck a few hundred metres from the parliament building.

 

 "It was a suicide bombing. Four people were killed and four others were injured. The bomber was driving a yellow and white taxi," he said.

  

He said it was unclear if the bomber was targeting the parliament building.

 

Taliban gains

 

Meanwhile, more than 100 Taliban fighters seized control of a district headquarters in the southern province of Zabul early on Friday, the provincial governor's spokesman said.

    

The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which has tens of thousands of troops in Afghanistan, said it was checking the information.

  

The "seizure" of the district comes at the same time as a massive offensive launched last month by ISAF and the Afghan army in nearby Helmand province, where fighters have held a small town for nearly two months.

 

Karzai disclosure

 

In other news, Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, said on Friday he had met members of  the Taliban movement to bring about reconciliation.

 

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He said at a news conference in his fortified palace in Kabul that Taliban representatives had been regularly meeting government bodies, adding: "I've had some Taliban coming to speak to me as well, so this process has been there for a long  time."

But he ruled out talks with Mohammad Omar, the Taliban leader and a close ally of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, or with foreign fighters.

Karzai also ruled out any more deals with the Taliban to free foreigners or Afghans seized by them.

He that he came under pressure from Rome to approve the release of five rebels last month in return for the freedom of a kidnapped Italian journalist.

Since that deal, the Taliban have kidnapped two French aid workers and their three Afghan guides, and also hold the translator of the Italian reporter as well as five health ministry officials.

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