Suicide attack on minibus kills 14 Nepalis

A suicide attack on a minibus in Kabul has killed at least 14 people and injured several more, Afghan authorities say.

The victims were Nepali nationals on their way to the Canadian embassy where they worked as security guards.

The attacker, who was on foot, waited for the bus as it left a compound, police said.

A Taliban spokesman said they carried out the attack, the first since the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

The attack happened shortly before 06:00 local time (01:30 GMT) on a main road leading out of the capital towards the city of Jalalabad.

More than two dozen ambulances were present at the scene, according to an AFP witness.

The guards were employed by a private security company, an official told AFP. At least eight other people were injured.

The incident follows a suicide attack on a bus near Kabul last month and an attack on a court in Ghazni in June. Both attacks were claimed by the Taliban in revenge for the execution of six prisoners.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency against the government since 2001. Nato ended its combat mission in December 2014, although about 13,000 training and counter-terrorism troops remain in Afghanistan.

Peace efforts have stalled after the Taliban refused to participate in new talks with the Afghan government until foreign forces had left the country.