DEADLY BOMB ATTACK HITS AFGHANISTAN
– Police Have Confirmed the Death of at least 28 persons and 329 Casualties in the Sudden Bomb Attack
DEADLY BOMB ATTACK HITS AFGHANISTAN
Today in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, it was reported that a suicide attacker exploded a vehicle and a fierce gun battle followed afterwards.
According to a Taliban spokesperson, the violence was caused by a group of Taliban. A Spokesman, the attack had come exactly a week after the Taliban group said it was going to be launching its spring offensive , and warning of large-scale attacks.
The bombing had happened during the morning rush hour in Pul-e-Mahmud, a hectic neighborhood where homes, mosques, schools and businesses nestle close to the Ministry of Defense. Other ministries and military compounds were also affected.
While the majority of the attack’s victims are civilians, the remaining casualties were soldiers and security officials.
The blast devastated windows up to 1.6km away. The Associated Press quoted a police officer as saying it was one of the most powerful detonations he had ever heard, and he could not see or hear anything for 20 minutes after.
It appeared that the initial blast cleared the way for Taliban fighters to enter the area – a commonly used tactic.
Immediately after the bomb was launched, Taliban fighters had entered the area and were causing serious damages both to lives and properties.
“One of the suicide attackers blew up an explosives-laden truck in a public parking lot next to a government building,” Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said while been reported by AFP news agency.
“The second attacker engaged security forces in a gun battle before being gunned down,” he added.
However, officials have said that the attack is now over and the area has been cleared.
According to BBC reporter, hours after the assault was declared over, another blast rocked Kabul. Police told a BBC reporter in Kabul it was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED).
“It was as huge as in the morning,” said Afghan MP Elay Ershad. “So everyone is scared of this situation’’ Casualties are high because the assault happened in a densely packed neighborhood during rush hour.
It is unusual for the Taliban to claim responsibility for such terrible attacks as this, especially those attacks that claim so many lives of civilians. But today they did because the target was high-profile and it appears that, for them, hitting the target was worth the civilians killed and wounded.
What we hear less of are similar planned attacks that are hindered by the Afghan security forces, and there are plenty. But preventing such attacks altogether is next to difficult.
Afghanistan has been at war for three decades, explosives are easily available and bomb-making skills are common.
The Taliban’s “spring offensive” is part of a propaganda war. The group fights all year round and so do the Afghan security forces. This has been a tragedy the Afghan security has been trying to subdue since the last 37 years.
In a statement on its Pashto-language website, the Taliban said several militants successfully breached the defenses of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main spy agency which protects high-ranking government officials
It is uncertain how many attackers were involved and the Taliban have been known to exaggerate details. DEADLY BOMB ATTACK HITS AFGHANISTAN
The presidential palace – only a few hundred meters from the blast, condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms”.
“Such cowardly terrorist attacks will not weaken the will and determination of Afghan security forces to fight against terrorism.” Security teams are at the scene of the suicide attack.
A tweet from President Ghani’s office’s official account suggested the attack “clearly shows the enemy’s defeat in face-to-face battle with ANSDF” – the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces.
However, journalists says that the Taliban has gained in strength since the bulk of British, American and other Nato forces left the country in 2014.
It has also been sustained by a flood of foreign fighters joining its ranks, and now controls size able parts of the Islamic nation. DEADLY BOMB ATTACK HITS AFGHANISTAN