Suicide bomber kills 7 in Kabul

KABUL (AFP) - A suicide bomber on foot blew himself up in Kabul's Shi'ite area on Friday (March 9), killing at least seven people, officials said, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital.

"In the explosion, seven were martyred and seven were wounded," Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish wrote on Facebook.

One policeman was among those killed in the attack, which happened near a gathering to mark the 23rd anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari - a prominent former leader of the mainly Shi'ite Hazara ethnic community who was killed by the Taleban.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but it comes amid growing pressure on the Taleban to take up an offer by the Afghan government for direct talks on peace.

"The offer of negotiation is on the table," UN envoy to Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto told a Security Council meeting on Thursday to mark the annual renewal of the UN mission to the war-torn country.