Explosion hits Afghan capital Kabul, six killed

Robie de Guzman   •   September 17, 2019   •   367

A blast in the center of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul killed at least six people and wounded another 14 on Tuesday (September 17), police officials said.

Most of the wounded were being treated at Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.

In a separate incident, an explosion near an election rally attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani killed 24 people and injured 31 others in Charikar, capital of Parwan province, north of Kabul, health officials said.

The Taliban insurgent group claimed responsibility for two blasts which it said killed dozens of people in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Taliban commanders have said they will intensify clashes with Afghan and foreign forces to dissuade people from voting in the Sept. 28 presidential election, when Ghani will bid for a second five-year term. (Reuters)

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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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23 dead in explosion at ceramic factory in Sudan

UNTV News   •   December 4, 2019

Flames rise from a tile manufacturing unit after an explosion in an industrial zone, north Khartoum, Sudan, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/MARWAN ALI

KHARTOUM —At least 23 people died and 130 others were injured in an explosion and fire at a ceramic factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, authorities said on Tuesday.

The blast hit Salomi ceramic factory when a fuel tanker was unloading gas at the tile manufacturing facility, according to the government.

The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors urged health workers on social media to help the victims.

Khartoum State Police said the injured have been taken to five hospitals in the cities of Khartoum, North Khartoum and Omdurman.

Workers in adjacent factories were evacuated as black smoke and flames rose into the sky, causing panic in the industrial zone, according to the police.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the blaze, with emergency services battling to stop the fire spreading to nearby factories.

Industry and Trade Minister Madani Abbas and Khartoum governor Mohamed Abdel-Rahmin and other officials have visited the scene.

The government statement said an investigation has been launched into the blast to avoid such incidents in the future and sent condolences to the families of the victims.

In March, a fire broke out due to a short circuit in offices at the old Republican Palace in Khartoum.

The palace was the official office of the Sudanese government before ousted President Omar al-Bashir switched to another in recent years.

Al-Bashir, who took power after he led a coup in the oil-rich country in 1989, was deposed and arrested in a military coup in April that came after months of anti-government demonstrations. EFE

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Blast hits outside Sulu mayor’s house

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 24, 2019

An explosion struck outside the house of Pangutaran, Sulu Mayor Asri Taib in Barangay Canelar Moret, Zamboanga City on Thursday morning (October 24).

According to Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) Spokesperson Maj. Arvin Encinas, it was only a minor explosion with no casualties reported. He also said the improvised explosive device (IED) used was only small.

Authorities are continuing to investigate on the perpetrators behind the explosion as well as the motive behind the action.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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