Afghan President Ashraf Ghani suggested that the group is seeking to divert attention away from its leadership struggles after the rebels recently confirmed that former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar died two years ago.
Shortly after the suicide attack at the police training centre, two explosions happened near Kabul’s airport, where a military camp was targeted with a car bomb and then fighters on foot with gunfire.
Police said the attack was to the north of the airport, close to a residential area and several NATO and Afghan military bases.
The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan said that eight civilian contractors were killed along with one of its service members.
Colonel Brian Tribus, director of public affairs for NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, said authorities were still gathering information about the attack on the Camp Integrity facility.
Fresh blows to peace process
He said in a statement:”One Resolute Support service member and two insurgent attackers were killed.”
The deaths, injuries and damages are another blow to a tentative peace process that held its first meeting in July but was suspended last week.
These attacks are the most serious in months, and the first in Kabul since the Taliban named a new leader. Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been appointed as new Taliban head, causing a leadership dispute and bringing fractions to the group.