A powerful car bomb in Kabul early today killed at least seven people and wounded dozens of others. The first major attack in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omars death.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes as the Taliban step up their summer offensive despite a bitter power transition within the militant movement. The bombing, whose target was not immediately clear, comes a day after Taliban insurgents killed nine people in multiple attacks on police targets in southern and eastern Afghanistan.
Totally 1,592 civilians were killed, a six percent fall from last year, but the number of injured jumped four percent to 3,329. Overall, casualties reached their highest level since the UN began issuing its authoritative reports in 2009.