A Taliban suicide bombing near a base used by U.S.-led coalition troops killed at least two members of the Afghan security forces Tuesday, officials said.
First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum was reportedly near the attack site during his morning exercise routine and told reporters that it was an example of the "sophisticated" methods being used by Taliban insurgents who continue to mount attacks in the Afghan capital weeks after the inauguration of a new national unity government.
Also Tuesday, the Asia Foundation, a research organization, released the results of its annual national survey of Afghan public opinion, which found that the economy and security are the greatest concerns in the country.
In the survey, 37% of respondents said the economy was the biggest challenge; 34% cited ongoing violence and insecurity. The survey, conducted through face-to-face interviews with 9,271 Afghans across all 34 provinces, took place in June and July during the second round of a controversial presidential election.
Two-thirds of those surveyed said they believed that the election would improve their lives, but that was before allegations of electoral fraud threatened to divide the country along ethnic lines and required the United States and other international allies to broker a hard-fought compromise.
"Everything has increased, not just bombings and attacks, even theft and pretty crime is up because no one feels they will be caught."
Tuesday's blast in Kabul came two days after a suicide car bomb targeted lawmaker Shukria Barakzai, a prominent advocate for women's rights and a vocal Taliban critic. Barakzai survived the attack in western Kabul but three civilians, including a 21-year-old psychology student, were killed.
The Taliban denied any role in the attempt on Barakzai's life.