Monday 26 August 2019

Taliban suicide bomb kills 14 and injures 145 as Kabul violence continues despite hopes of pact

 

An injured man is helped away. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/AP Photo
An injured man is helped away. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/AP Photo

Orooj Hakimi

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide car-bomb attack on a police station in the Afghan capital, Kabul, yesterday which the government said killed 14 people and wounded 145.

There has been no let-up in violence in Afghanistan even though the Taliban and the United States appear close to a historic pact for US troops to withdraw in exchange for a Taliban promise the country would not be used as a base from which to plot attacks by extremists.

The blast, in the west of the city during the morning rush hour, sent a huge cloud of smoke into the sky.

The Taliban said a "recruitment centre" had been attacked by one of their suicide bombers.

"A large number of soldiers and police were killed or wounded," the Taliban said in a statement.

Deputy Interior Minister Khoshal Sadat said 14 people had been killed and 145 wounded. Four of the dead were policemen and the rest civilians, while 92 of the wounded were civilians.

The bomb went off when the vehicle carrying the device was stopped at a checkpoint outside the police station, said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

Women and children were among the casualties, the health ministry said.

"Again a Taliban suicide attack in Kabul targets a civilian area that resulted in harming of so many innocents," Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani, said. "Continued Taliban attacks indicate that they have no commitment to peace."

Irish Independent

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