Afghanistan: Kabul described as “empty” as Taliban claim responsibility for attack on Justice Ministry


The latest bombing is the fifth major attack in the Afghan capital in a little more than two weeks (Getty Images)

A series of recent attacks as part of Operation Azm by the Taliban in Kabul appear to be scaring locals off the streets according to a tweet posted on Tuesday by Ehsanullah Khosar. He stated, “Kabul was so empty today, I saw less people were out even in the most crowded areas. The city is in the fear of insecurity.”

Yesterday Islamic Emirate (Afghan Taliban) claimed responsibility for an attack on the Justice Ministry “killing at least five people and wounding dozens as civil servants were leaving work for the day” according to an official speaking to the BBC. An English speaking account for Abdulqarhar Balkhi affiliated with Islamic Emirate posted the following on Twitter regarding the incident,

Martyrdom seeker detonated car bomb in parking lot of Justice Ministry in as hireling officials were leaving

The powerful blast killed/wounded dozens of high/low ranking Justice Ministry workers, also destroying tens of vehicles

So long as regime Justice Ministry continues cruelty & injustices (torture, imprisonment, executions), they will remain our target

The bombing occurred 2 days after British security contractor Michael Hampshire was killed along with two Afghan civilians when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car in a convoy of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan travelling to a NATO military installation. Russia Today stated that the attack “also left 19 people badly wounded, eight of which were woman and three of which were children.”

The Taliban claimed this earlier attack tweeting the following,

A martyrdom seeker (Sayfullah from ) detonated car bomb on US-nato convoy close to airport 9am this morning.

1 APC completely destroyed in blast, second heavily damaged, 7 invaders killed, 5 wounded. Some civilians slightly injured by glass shards

Reports of civilian deaths baseless b/c civilians are not allowed close to site of attack

Prior to this assault, the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on the Park Palace Guest House in Kabul which took the lives of both locals and foreigners residing in the city, see following link,

“Afghanistan: Islamic Emirate claim attack on Kabul hotel release reaction to latest NATO attack”

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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