Khalik Nouri (BBC) tweeted the following, “midnight car bomb attack scene, Photo from a friend on Facebook”
A huge explosion has rocked the city of Kabul with at least 15 people reported dead and 400 injured. According to Mirwais Afghan, freelance reporter, “a huge explosion rocked Shah Shaheed’s area” which broke windows in the surrounding area. He claimed “it was an ANA intelligence base in Naqliye SeyaSang that was attacked with a truck bomb” and that a friend told him “many houses are destroyed and people are lying beneath the remains of destroyed houses crying for help”.
This attack follows an eventful day in Afghanistan where a Taliban truck bomb exploded near to provincial government offices in Pul-i-Alam, Logar Province and a helicopter incident killed all on board, see following link,
“Afghanistan: Taliban claim responsibility for Logar truck bomb on day helicopter incident kills all on board”
As the latest explosion awoke Kabul’s residents, Ramin Anwari, former BBC journalist tweeted,
According to Lotfullah Najafizada, hundreds of homes were damaged. He alleged that, “a nearby under construction building where many workers were sleeping has collapsed as a result of the truck bomb blast in Kabul”.
The following images from Mirwais Afghan show damage to buildings due to blast
Syed Sadat tweeted,
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The Taliban’s military operation Azm (Resolve) which began in June has been fierce and a change in leadership following the death of Mullah Omar suggests this will continue, peace talks are currently delayed.
Sediq was injured in the bombing. He was sleeping inside his office, near the army unit that was targeted in Kabul.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan are on the increase. Reuters recently reported that,
“the war in Afghanistan claimed almost 5,000 civilian casualties in the first half of 2015, the United Nations said on Wednesday, a one percent increase on last year as fighting intensified following the withdrawal of most foreign troops in 2014.
Of the total, 1,592 were killed and 3,329 wounded, according to the U.N.”
Today’s attack will see yet more civilian casualties added to the statistics. To date no one has claimed responsibility for this latest incident.
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”.