Three Killed, Dozens Children Wounded In Taliban Truck Blast

 

At least three people were killed and about 20 children wounded when a Taliban truck bomb detonated near a rural police station and partially destroyed a nearby religious school, Afghan officials said.

The early morning attack happened in Alishing district in eastern Laghman province, said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

“Three people including two security forces were killed and 27 were wounded,” he added.

According to Asadullah Daulatzai, spokesman for the provincial governor, the bomb exploded outside a police station and severely damaged a nearby madrassa, or religious school.

“The students were wounded by flying glass,” he said, adding about 20 students were hurt.

Ezatullah, an injured 10-year-old, said the blast was “huge and loud”.

“I was in class with my friends reciting the Koran when we saw a red truck rushing toward us. For a moment everything went dark, and when I woke up I found myself in the hospital,” he told AFP.

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Six police officers were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the blast in a statement sent to media, saying the bomb killed dozens of Afghan security forces.

As the violence worsens, its impact on the children has been disproportionate across war-torn Afghanistan.

According to the UN Children’s Fund the number of attacks against Afghan schools tripled last year compared to 2017.

By the end of 2018, more than 1,000 Afghan schools had been shut due to conflict.

The attack in Laghman comes a day after a helicopter crash in northern Balkh province killed at least seven Afghan military personnel, officials said.

Afghanistan is currently awaiting the results of the first round of presidential voting, which took place last month.

Polling was marred by several small-scale attacks claimed by the Taliban.

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.

Five killed in Southern Afghanistan blast

Afghan officials say three blasts in southern Afghanistan have killed two Afghan policemen and three national intelligence officers.

Insurgents frequently target Afghan security forces and government officials in an effort to weaken the government.

According to Associated Press, Kandahar provincial spokesman Ahmad Jawed Faisal says a suicide bomber on foot blew himself up Saturday at an entry checkpoint for the national intelligence office in Maruf district. He says three intelligence officers were killed and four other officers were wounded.

In neighbouring  Zabul province, twin explosions killed two policemen on Saturday morning. Provincial spokesman Shariullah Nasari says a police vehicle ran over a roadside mine and when other policemen went to assist those in the vehicle, another bomb went off. He says two policemen were killed and three others were wounded in the second blast.