The bombings, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, came a day after Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact allowing US forces to remain in the country past the end of the year to support Afghans as they take over the fight against the Taliban insurgency. The first attacker hit a bus with Afghan National Army officers, killing seven and wounding 15 in west Kabul, said the city’s criminal investigation police chief Mohammad Farid Afzali. Suicide bombers targeted two buses carrying Afghan army troops in Kabul on Wednesday, killing seven and wounding 21 people, police said.
- The second attacker, who was also on foot, blew himself up in front of a bus in northeastern Kabul, wounding several army personnel, Afzali said.
- Afghan security forces at the site of one of the attacks.
- Under the security pact, along with a separate deal signed with Nato, about 10,000 American troops and several thousand more from other Nato countries will stay to train and advise Afghan forces after the international combat mission ends on 31 December.