Taliban Suicide Attacks Kill 16 In Kabul

Taliban Attacks Kill 16 In KabulTwo suicide attacks in the Afghan capital, Kabul has left 16 people dead with at least 40 others injured.

The Taliban, through their spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the attacks.

It is the latest in a string of attacks to challenge the Afghan authorities, after the militant group started its spring offensive early.

Sources said Wednesday’s attacks began when a suicide car bomber detonated his explosives outside a police station near a military training facility, west of the city.

It was followed by a five-hour gun battle between officers and another attacker.

Soon after, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the country’s intelligence agency in eastern Kabul.

Separate Bomb Attacks Kill At Least 22 In Afghanistan

afghanstan2More than 20 people were killed in separate bomb attacks in Afghanistan on Monday, including at least 14 when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying Nepalese security contractors in the Afghan capital, officials said.

In Kabul, a Reuters witness saw several apparently dead victims and at least two wounded being carried out of the twisted remains of a yellow bus after the suicide bomber struck the vehicle during the morning rush hour in the capital.

Hours later, a bomb planted in a motorbike killed at least eight civilians and wounded another 18 in a crowded market in the northern province of Badakhshan, said provincial government spokesman Naveed Frotan. The casualty count could rise, he said.

The attacks are the latest in a recent surge of violence that highlights the challenges faced by the Afghan government in Kabul and its Western backers as Washington slowly draws down its remaining troops despite a persistent insurgency.

Interior Ministry spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter that 14 people had been killed and eight wounded in the attack in Kabul. Police were working to identify the victims, he said.

The casualties appeared to include Afghan civilians and Nepalese security contractors, Kabul police chief, Abdul Rahman Rahimi said after police and emergency vehicles surrounded the scene in the Banae district in the east of the city.

He said that the suicide bomber had waited near a compound housing the security contractors and struck as the vehicle moved through early morning traffic. As well as the bus passengers, several people in an adjacent market were also wounded in the attack, which occurred during Ramadan, Islam’s holy month.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack in a statement from the Islamist group’s main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, on Twitter. There was no immediate indication of who carried out the attack in Badakshan.

The Nepalese government was still working through its embassy in Pakistan, which also oversees Afghanistan, to verify reports that its citizens were involved in the attack, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bharat Paudel said.

Afghanistan Blast: At Least 28 Killed, 320 Wounded In Kabul

Afghanistan BlastThings got off to a bloody start on Tuesday morning in the Afghan capital, Kabul, where several people have been killed and more than 200 have been injured.

Tuesday’s bombing happened during the morning rush hour in a residential neighbourhood close to the ministry of defence and military compounds.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the incident which occurred when a vehicle was detonated.

There are unverified claims that Taliban fighters managed to breach the defences of the National Directorate of Security, the main spy agency which protects high-ranking government officials.

For now, the scene of the attack has been completely cordoned off by Afghan security forces.

It was the first attack in the Afghan capital since the Islamist militant group declared the start of their spring offensive a week ago.

According to the Kabul police chief said, the death toll from the attack has risen to 28 with more than 320 wounded.

Police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said civilians and members of the Afghan security forces were among the dead and wounded.

Suicide Bomber Kills Six Civilians North Of Afghan Capital

Afghan-attackA suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up near a school north of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, killing at least six people, officials said.

Twenty-six people including three children were wounded in the blast, said Wahid Sediqqi, a spokesman for the governor of Parwan province.

“He carried out the attack on poor civilians to spread fear among the people but they will never achieve anything by such brutality,” Sediqqi said.

There was no claim of responsibility.

The Taliban, fighting to oust foreign forces and topple the U.S.-backed government, have stepped up their insurgency since most foreign troops withdrew from Afghanistan at the end of 2014.

On February 22, a Taliban suicide bomber killed 14 people and wounded 11 at a clinic in the same district. The bomber’s target in that attack was a police commander.

Northern Afghanistan Hit By Magnitude Earthquake

Afghanistan earthquakeA powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt as far away as India.

According to the US geological survey, the quake’s epicentre was in the northern province of Badakhshan, close to the Pakistani and Tajik borders.

It is not clear if there were any casualties in the area itself, but at least 17 people were injured in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Hundreds were killed by a quake in the same area on October the 26th.

Residents in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, were reported to have run into the streets after feeling the impact of the quake.

The region has a history of powerful earthquakes caused by the northward collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates.

In 2005, a magnitude 7.6 quake in Pakistan-administered Kashmir left more than 75,000 people dead.

In April this year, Nepal suffered its worst earthquake on record with 9,000 people killed and about 900,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

Militants Armed With Rocket Grenades Attack Kabul International Airpot

Video still shows Afghan security personnel on vehicles as an area near the Kabul airport comes under attackMilitants armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday in one of the most audacious assaults on the facility, used by both civilians and the military, in a year.

The attack on the airport comes at a time of great uncertainty for Afghanistan as votes from the second round of a disputed presidential election are to be recounted. The poll is meant to mark Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power.

The attack lasted about four hours after four unidentified militants armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades opened fire on the airport from the roof of a building just to its north.

“Four terrorists were killed by police special forces. The area is being cleared now, there are no casualties to our forces,” said Interior Ministry Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

The airport is home to a major operational base for NATO-led forces that have been fighting Taliban and other insurgents for 12 years and is bristling with soldiers and police, guard towers and several lines of security checkpoints.

Militants fire rockets into the airport almost every week, causing little damage, but frontal attacks on the heavily guarded facility are rare and represent an ambitious target for insurgents. The attack was similar in tactics to last year’s assault on the airport, when seven Taliban insurgents including suicide bombers attacked after taking up positions inside a partially constructed building nearby.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack.

A Kabul airport official told Reuters all flights had been diverted to other cities. In such circumstances, passenger planes are immediately diverted to other Afghan cities such as Mazar-i-Sharif in the north or Herat in the west.

“Due to the closeness of the attack to the runway, Kabul airport is now closed to all flights,” the official said. Planes could be heard circling above Kabul as the attack unfolded.

On Tuesday, a car bomb detonated in a crowded market killed 43 people and wounded at least 74 in the eastern province of Paktika, close to Afghanistan’s porous border with Pakistan.