At least two civilians have been killed and two others wounded following an explosion in the Afghan capital, Kabul, security sources say.
“A bomb planted in a vehicle exploded in police district 7 early this morning,” police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said on Tuesday.
Taliban militants were quick to claim responsibility for the blast, which happened a day after the Afghan national unity government unveiled its first cabinet nominees, 106 days into its mandate.
Disagreement between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah over the nominees for key ministries was reportedly the main reason behind the cabinet impasse.
Taliban militants have recently stepped up their attacks against Afghan government troops, foreign forces, and civilians.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The military offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
The US-led combat mission in Afghanistan ended on December 31, 2014. However, at least 13,500 foreign forces, mainly from the United States, have remained in Afghanistan in what the US is calling a support mission.
US-led NATO says the forces will focus mainly on counterterrorism and training Afghan soldiers and policemen.