Afghanistan: Taliban claim responsibility for Logar truck bomb, same day helicopter incident kills all on board

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Aftermath of huge truck bomb in Pul-i-Alam, Logar province

(image via Mirwais Afghan)

Islamic Emirate claimed responsibility for a truck bomb driven by a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives in the vicinity of the provincial government offices in Pul-i-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan killing eight people and wounding several others. Al Jazeera quoted deputy provincial police chief Mohammad Qari Wara who claimed, “a water truck filled with explosives was detonated when it was stopped at the gate of the Quick Reaction Force [police] compound.” This was the first bombing since the death of “leader of the faithful” the late Emir Mullah Omar and new appointment of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.

Abdulqahar Balkhi, an English speaking associate of Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted,

An joint SOF/QRF base with over 100 troops leveled with truck bomb by martyrdom seeker in provincial capital 7:30am

The powerful blast also damaged nearby Council Building, dozens of hirelings killed/wounded in op. carried out by AbdulHameed from Paktika

Reuters reported, “The bomb was huge and it was carried by a mini-truck,” said provincial governor Aleem Fedaee. “It inflicted a lot of damage to the civilians and broke windows even a kilometer away.”

Balkhi also tweeted,

An helicopter was shot down with rocket fire in over Malkezo area, Nawbahar district () 10am, all 23 hireling aboard killed

However this was contested as a technical fault, see following link,

“Afghan military helicopter crash kills all 17 on board”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/06/us-afghanistan-helicopter-idUSKCN0QB0QF20150806

Balkhi alleged a further incident as part of ongoing military operation Azm (Resolve) tweeting,

Multiple martyrdom seekers enter police building in PD4 of city, fighting ongoing, details later

Freelance reporter Mirwais Afghan has also reported another alleged attack, stating,

BREAKING: Huge explosion rocked Shah Shaheed’s area in , Police couldn’t confirm if it was as a rocket attack or car bomb attack !!

Update: It was ANA intelligence base in Naqliye SeyaSang that was attacked with a truck bomb attack

Khalil Nouri tweeted,

KABUL… midnight car bomb attack scene, Photo from a friend on Facebook … 

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Updates will be added as news comes in.

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights 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 http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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