Five dead in blast near Kabul airport

At least five people have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack near the entrance of Kabul’s international airport.

The Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the Monday blast, have stepped up attacks in Afghanistan amid a bitter leadership transition following the announcement of the death of commander Mullah Omar.

Observers say the upsurge in violence represents a bid by new head Mullah Akhtar Mansour to distract attention from the crisis as planned peace talks falter.