Car bomb explodes near Kabul airport, killing five

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A car bomb exploded near the entrance to Kabul airport on Monday, killing at least five people and wounding 16, days after a series of suicide attacks in the Afghan capital killed dozens of civilians and wounded hundreds more.

The wave of bombings in Kabul and provincial centers follows a change of leadership in the Afghan Taliban, after last week's revelation of the death of their founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and a dispute over the leadership of the insurgency.

The attacks have dashed any hope of an immediate resumption of peace talks with the government, and suggest new Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour intends to send a message that there will be no let up in the insurgency.

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An Afghan policeman stands guard as smoke and flames rise from the site of a huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, in Kabul on August 10, 2015. A huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport on August 10 during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected. 'The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,' said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan security forces inspect the site of an attack at the main gate of International Hamed Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. An explosion on Monday at a busy roundabout near the entrance to Kabul's international airport that wounded at least seven people appears to have been caused by a suicide car bomb, officials said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Afghan police arrive at the site of an attack at the main gate of International Hamed Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. An explosion on Monday at a busy roundabout near the entrance to Kabul's international airport that wounded at least seven people appears to have been caused by a suicide car bomb, officials said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of a huge blast near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, in Kabul on August 10, 2015. A huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport on August 10 during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected. 'The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,' said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
An Afghan man is seen through the broken window of a bakery at the site of a huge blast near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, in Kabul on August 10, 2015. A huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport on August 10 during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected. 'The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,' said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan residents watch as security forces keep guard at the site of a huge blast near the entrance of the international airport, in Kabul on August 10, 2015. At least five people were killed when a Taliban suicide car bomber struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, the latest in a wave of lethal bombings in the Afghan capital. AFP PHOTO/ Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan security forces carry a victim into a ambulance at the site of a huge blast near the entrance of the international airport, in Kabul on August 10, 2015. At least five people were killed when a Taliban suicide car bomber struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, the latest in a wave of lethal bombings in the Afghan capital. AFP PHOTO/ Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan fire fighters extinguish vehicles on fire after an attack at the main gate of International Hamed Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. An explosion on Monday at a busy roundabout near the entrance to Kabul's international airport that wounded at least seven people appears to have been caused by a suicide car bomb, officials said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Afghan security forces shout as they keep watch at the site of a huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, in Kabul on August 10, 2015. A huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport on August 10 during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected. 'The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,' said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan firefighters work to put out a fire at the site of a huge blast near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, in Kabul on August 10, 2015. A huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport on August 10 during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected. 'The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,' said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani. AFP PHOTO / SHAH Marai (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan firefighters spray water at the site of a bomb attack near the entrance to Kabul's international airport in Kabul on August 10, 2015. A huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport on August 10 during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected. 'The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,' said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan men walk past the damaged window of a roadside stall near the site of a bomb attack near the entrance to Kabul's international airport in Kabul on August 10, 2015. A huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport on August 10 during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected. 'The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,' said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of a bomb attack near the entrance to Kabul's international airport in Kabul on August 10, 2015. A huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport on August 10 during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected. 'The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,' said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Afghan National Army (ANA) solider stands guard as firefighters spray water at the site of a bomb attack near the entrance to Kabul's international airport in Kabul on August 10, 2015. A huge blast struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport on August 10 during the peak lunchtime period, officials said, warning that heavy casualties were expected. 'The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,' said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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"These attacks demonstrate an extreme level of atrocity by terrorists against innocent and defenseless civilians," the interior (home) ministry said in a statement.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday's suicide attack in a crowded area outside an airport checkpoint, saying it was targeting "foreign forces".

A security official at the scene said the attack appeared to have been aimed at two armored cars, although it was not clear who was in the vehicles.

Minutes after the attack, the tangled, flaming wreckage of one of the cars lay on its side, as dozens of fire fighters and police gathered at the spot.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said five people had died in the attack and 16 were wounded. A woman and a child were among the injured, public health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar had said earlier.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the occupants of the two vehicles targeted were foreigners and had all been killed. He denied that any Afghan civilians died in the attack.

The heavily fortified Afghan capital was already on high alert following last week's attacks, which killed at least 50 civilians and security forces personnel.

Conflict between the Western-backed government and the Taliban has intensified this year, with civilians and Afghan security forces taking the brunt of the violence after the NATO combat mission ended last year.

The government of President Ashraf Ghani, weakened by infighting between coalition partners, has struggled to respond to the crisis.

The challenge has been made more complicated by the opaque situation surrounding the Taliban leadership, with several senior figures in the insurgent movement calling for a new council to decide the issue.

Mansour's swift appointment by a small council of leaders in the Pakistani city of Quetta has angered many, causing rifts within the movement and fuelling speculation that the latest violence is linked to the leadership dispute.

The Taliban are seeking to re-establish their hard-line Islamist regime after they were toppled by U.S.-led military intervention in 2001.

Last Friday, a massive truck bomb in a residential area of Kabul killed at least 15 people and wounded 248.

That evening, suicide attacks on a police academy and a base used by U.S. special forces killed more than 30 police and security contractors, besides an American soldier.

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