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Sixteen People Killed In Taliban Bomb Attack Hours After Peace Deal Agreed 'In Principle' With US

The proposed deal would see more than 5,000 American troops leave Afghanistan.

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Library image of a Taliban training camp (Picture: PA).

A Taliban vehicle bomb has killed at least 16 people and wounded 119 in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

It came just hours after a US envoy briefed the Afghan government on a peace deal "in principle" with the Taliban.

The proposed deal would see more than 5,000 American troops withdraw from Afghanistan within five months.

The blast occurred during the final minutes of a nationally televised interview with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who was discussing what a US-Taliban deal might mean for Afghanistan's future. 

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahmi confirmed the target of the blast was the Green Village compound, an area that is home to several international organisations and guesthouses.

The explosion sent a plume of smoke into the night sky over Kabul and caused a nearby filling station to burst into flames.

Another interior ministry official, Bahar Maher, told the local TOLO news channel that the blast was caused by a car bomb.

Green Village, home to many foreigners and heavily guarded by Afghan forces and private security guards, has been a frequent target.

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The US has between 13,000 to 14,000 troops in Afghanistan (Picture: US Department of Defense).

Earlier on Monday, Mr Khalilzad had shown a draft deal to the Afghan president after declaring they were "at the threshold of an agreement", following the ninth round of US-Taliban talks in Qatar.

"We have reached an agreement with the Taliban in principle but of course until the US president agrees with it, it isn't final," Mr Khalilzad told TOLO news.

He said under the deal, the first 5,000 US troops would withdraw within 135 days from five bases in Afghanistan.

There are between 13,000 and 14,000 US troops in the country.

US President Donald Trump has been keen to withdraw troops before next year's election.

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US President Donald Trump has long called for US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan (Picture: US Army).

Last week, he said the US plans to reduce its troop presence to 8,600 and then "make a determination from there".

The reduction would bring troop levels down to roughly where they were when he took office in January 2017.

A further withdrawal is expected to depend on the Taliban meeting conditions of the deal, including a reduction in violence.