Blast near Kabul’s airport kills over 10, injures 60 others

admin   •   July 23, 2018   •   2562

Victims lie on the ground at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan July 22, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

 

Over 10 people were killed in a blast that took place near Kabul’s international airport in Afghanistan on Sunday, with 60 others injured.

The blast occurred at around 17:00 after the country’s once-exiled first vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum returned to Afghanistan and left the airport.

According to Afghan Tolo News, a large group had gathered to welcome Dostum at that time, and the country’s interior ministry confirmed that most of the victims were police officers.

“A big explosion happened here. Fire, smoke, and dust rose to the sky. It was so bad I had to run away, and you can see I got a small wound on my neck,” said a witness.

According to CBS News, the Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack. — Reuters

Suicide bomber kills, wounds scores in Afghanistan at funeral for policeman

UNTV News   •   May 12, 2020

A suicide bomber in eastern Afghanistan killed and wounded at least 50 men on Tuesday (May 12) in an attack on the funeral of a police commander attended by government officials and a member of parliament, officials said.

The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack on the mourners gathered in Khewa district of Nangarhar province on the border with Pakistan.

Islamic State militants are known to operate in the province.

Attaullah Khogayani, a spokesman for the provincial governor said 15 people including Abdullah Malikzai, a member of the provincial council were killed and around 45 others were wounded.

Sohrab Qaderi, a member of Nangarhar’s provincial council, said at least 50 people were killed or wounded. The member of parliament, Hazrat Ali, survived, he said.

Islamic State fighters first appeared in eastern Afghanistan in around 2014 and battle the Taliban as well as government and foreign forces.

The Afghan affiliate of Islamic State, known as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), after an old name for the region that includes Afghanistan, has carried out some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan over recent years.

Also on Tuesday, unidentified gunmen attacked a hospital in the capital, Kabul, killing at least eight people.

No militant group claimed responsibility for either attack.

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Taliban truck bomb kills at least 20 in southern Afghanistan

UNTV News   •   September 19, 2019

 A Taliban truck bomb killed at least 20 people and wounded 95 when it exploded near a hospital in southern Afghanistan on Thursday (September 19), a provincial official said, with casualties expected to rise as rescuers sift the rubble.

Some of wounded people who were taken to Kandahar Hospital for treatment said the blast occurred in the early morning.

The Taliban, who have been carrying out nearly daily attacks since the collapse of peace talks with the United States this month, said the target was a nearby building of the government’s intelligence department in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province.

The militants wanted to target a training base for Afghanistan’s powerful National Directorate of Security but parked the vehicle laden with explosives outside a hospital gate nearby, said another defense ministry source.

Twenty bodies and 95 wounded people have been evacuated from the blast site, said Haji Atta Jan Haqbayan, a member of the provincial council in Qalat. (REUTERS)

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Twin suicide bombings kill at least 48 in Afghanistan

UNTV News   •   September 18, 2019

Two separate suicide bombings rocked Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 48 people and wounding 80 others.

At least 22 people were killed and 26 others wounded after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives around noon near the buildings of the Afghan defense ministry and the U.S. embassy, according to the Afghan interior ministry.

Eyewitnesses said that the area was crowded at the time of the bombing, and the causalities are feared to rise.

In a separate incident, a bombing hit a presidential election campaign rally earlier in the day in Charikar, the capital of central Parwan province, killing 26 people and wounding 42.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the two attacks. (REUTERS)

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