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    NATO Chief Condemns Deadly Attack on Alliance's Convoy in Afghan Capital

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    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned on Wednesday the deadly attack on a NATO convoy in Afghanistan.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Media reported earlier in the day that an attacker blew up an explosive-laden vehicle next to the convoy near the National Defence Security (NDS) checkpoint in the central Macroyan area of the Afghan capital of Kabul. The attack on the group of military vehicles happened next to the US Embassy during the morning rush hour, according to the media.

    "I condemn the attack on the #NATO convoy in #Kabul. The fight against terrorism continues. My thoughts are with all those affected," Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter.

    According to media reports citing the Afghan Interior Ministry, at least eight civilians were killed by the explosion. The Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The blast occurred amid the reported discussions in the United States to send additional troops to Afghanistan to help prop up the country's security forces. There are currently 8,400 US troops and 5,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan, and 3,000 additional troops are considered for deployment in the country, which saw more than 100,000 US troops at the height of the war, according to media reports.

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