At least 14 people were killed and 145 others wounded after a car bomb was detonated by the Taliban in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.

The blast occurred in the western side of Kabul, near the entrance of a police station around 9am local time and shattered windows far away from the blast site.

Dozens of civilians, including women and children, were taken to hospital following the attack.

Shattered windows of a bakery after the attack

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. According to footage on social media and witnesses, small-arms fire could be heard following the blast.

Violence is surging across Afghanistan and in Kabul as the United States and the Taliban negotiate a peace deal ahead of elections planned for 28 September.

More than 1,500 civilians were killed or wounded in the Afghan conflict in July alone, according to the United Nations, the highest monthly toll so far this year and the worst single month since May 2017.

The Taliban warned Afghans yesterday to keep away from election rallies and ordered its fighters to "stand against" the vote planned for 28 September.

Previous elections have been rocked by frequent attacks by the Taliban and other insurgent groups trying to undermine Afghanistan's fragile democracy.

Afghan commandos stormed a safe house overnight for so-called Islamic State fighters near Kabul's airport. Details of that operation are still emerging.

The US and the Taliban met in Doha, Qatar, this week for an eighth round of talks aimed at striking a peace deal that would slash the American military presence in Afghanistan.

Despite the bloodshed sweeping the nation, both sides have cited "excellent progress".