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    Germany Reaffirms Support for Settlement in Afghanistan After Kabul Bombing

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    Germany will continue providing support to Afghanistan in its search for a political settlement to the conflict with Taliban insurgents, the German Foreign Office said in a statement Tuesday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) – At least 28 people have been killed and nearly 330 injured in an early Tuesday suicide bombing in Kabul that Taliban has claimed.

    "The bloodshed in Afghanistan must end. Therefore we need a political solution. Germany will continue to support Afghanistan in its efforts," the foreign office said.

    ​The Taliban announced its annual so-called spring offensive against national and foreign security forces last week.

    Members of the Taliban and Afghan government leaders were expected to engage in peace talks last March, with the aim of moving toward settling the 15-year conflict. However, on March 5, Taliban leadership announced that it would not attend peace talks until all foreign soldiers had left Afghanistan and Taliban fighters had been released.

    Formed in the 1990s, the Taliban seeks to enforce Sharia law in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. The group is known for numerous terrorist attacks against authorities and civilians in both countries.


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