Taliban insurgents on Wednesday claimed responsibility for an attack on the residence of Afghanistan’s acting defence minister in Kabul.

A car bomb exploded near the residence of Gen Bismillah Mohammadi in the Shirpur area of Kabul on Tuesday.

The explosion took place before a planned citywide protest against Taliban attacks.

Gen Mohammadi survived the attempt on his life as he was not home when the attack occurred, ministry representative Fawad Aman said.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said the group targeted the residence, adding that an important meeting was underway at the time.

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