Nearly 100 injured in suicide attack outside Kabul police station

Kabul, Afghan, police, Taleban, Taliban

Kabul - Taleban claimed responsibility for the attack.

By Reuters

Published: Wed 7 Aug 2019, 2:39 PM

Last updated: Wed 7 Aug 2019, 4:47 PM

A suicide attacker detonated a car-bomb outside a police station in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday wounding at least 95 people, government officials said, and the Taleban claimed responsibility.

There has been no let-up in violence in Afghanistan even though the Taleban and the United States appear close to a historic pact for US troops to withdraw in exchange for a Taleban promise the country would not be used as a base from which to plot attacks by militants.
The blast, in the west of the city during the morning rush hour, sent a huge cloud of grey smoke billowing into the sky.
The Taleban 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 Taleban said in a statement.

Government security officials said they were searching the scene and expected to update casualty details later.
The bomb went off when a vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint outside the police station, said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.
A health ministry spokesman said 95 wounded people had been taken to hospitals. Most of them were civilians, including women and children, he said.
"Again a Taleban 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 on Twitter.
The blast came a day after the Taleban called for a boycott of a September 28 presidential election and threatened to attack election rallies.
Separately, security forces conducted raids on two Daesh militant hideouts in Kabul overnight and killed two militants and seized a large quantity of explosives and bomb-making equipment, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said.
Three members of the security forces were also killed, an agency spokesman said.

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