Taliban Suicide Bomb Kills Four People at Kabul Airport
KABUL: A suicide car bomb near the entrance to Kabul’s international airport killed at least four people and 10 injured on Monday, police said.
“Our initial information shows four people have been martyred in the suicide attack. We are trying to identify the victims,” Kabul CID chief Fraidoon Obaidi told AFP.
He said 10 others were wounded while the Afghan health ministry put that figure at 15.
“The explosion occurred at the first check point of Kabul airport,” said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani.
Smoke billowed from the scene of the explosion, where an AFP photographer saw pieces of charred flesh strewn around the checkpoint, where passengers undergo the first round of body checks before entering the airport.
Ambulances with wailing sirens rushed to the area and were seen removing bodies.
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes after a wave of lethal bombings in the capital on Friday as the insurgency escalates following a bitter power transition within the Taliban.
A Taliban spokesman said the attack targeted a convoy of foreigners but it is unclear if any died or were injured.
The blasts on Friday struck near an army complex, a police academy and a US special forces base, killing at least 51 people, officials said.
They were the first major attacks since Mullah Akhtar Mansour was named as the new Taliban chief last week in an acrimonious power transition after the insurgents confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar.
The wave of violence underscores Afghanistan’s volatile security situation amid a faltering peace process.
Earlier on Sunday, a Taliban attack killed up to 29 people in northern Afghanistan, officials said, after a wave of lethal bombings in the capital as the insurgency escalates following a bitter power transition.
The Afghan interior ministry said all those killed on Saturday evening in the Khanabad district of Kunduz province were civilians, although local officials called them anti-Taliban militiamen.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes after a barrage of bombings in Kabul killed at least 51 people on Friday, the deadliest day for the capital in years.
“The incident took place (when) a suicide bomber detonated his suicide vest in Khanabad district,” the interior ministry said, strongly condemning the “heinous act”. “The suicide attack … resulted in martyrdom of 21 civilians and wounding of 10 others.”
But Abdul Wadood Wahidi, spokesman for the governor of Kunduz, said 22 militiamen — including four of their commanders — were killed by an improvised explosive device.
Another senior provincial official and a Khanabad district official said a total of 29 militiamen were killed.
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