Several Killed, Wounded in Kabul Bomb Explosion

Several Killed, Wounded in Kabul Bomb Explosion
Mon Jun 20, 2016 08:50:01

Several people have lost their lives and sustained injuries in an explosion that targeted a minibus in the Afghan capital city of Kabul.

Witnesses reported seeing a number of dead bodies at the site, and at least two wounded people were seen being carried out of the vehicle as police and emergency service vehicles arrived at the scene in downtown Kabul early on Monday.

The Interior Ministry said that at least 14 people were killed in the attack

A police official, requesting not to be named, said the minibus had been carrying government employees to their offices in the city.

However, another police official said the passengers may have been Nepalese security contractors.

No individual or militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, but such incidents are often blamed on militants affiliated with the Taliban.

Afghanistan faces a security challenge years after the United States and its allies invaded the country in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but many areas in the country are still beset with insecurity.

There are currently some 10,000 foreign forces in Afghanistan despite the end of the US-led combat mission on December 31, 2014. The forces, mainly from the US, are there for what Washington calls a support mission. NATO says the forces focus mainly on counter-terrorism operations and training Afghan soldiers and policemen.

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