Kabul Police Academy attacked by suicide bomber, Friday night
Islamic Emirate have claimed responsibility for an attack in which a suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance gate of a Kabul police academy in PD5, Bagh-e-Bala. The assault, part of the ongoing military operation Azm (meaning Resolve) claimed the lives of 28 policemen, wounding another 26.
Abdulqahar Balkhi, affiliated with Islamic Emirate, tweeting in English posted a statement via Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid which reads,
The BBC reported, “officials said Friday evening’s suicide bomber was dressed in police uniform when he detonated an explosives-laden vest outside the gates of Kabul’s police academy.” This follows on from an attack in the early hours of the morning which left 15 dead and 400 people injured see report,
“Kabul: Loud explosion rocks city, reports that 15 are dead and 400 people injured”
TOLO news also reported a further incident stating, “blasts rocked PD15, Qasaba area, close Hamid Karzai International Airport, followed by heavy gunfire. Casualties are feared but details are yet to be released.” Explosions were heard near to Camp Integrity, a US special forces base, (see “Links” section for article).
The Taliban show no signs of slowing down on attacks since the death of Mullah Omar and appointment of new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor. Peace talks are currently postponed. US has announced in recent days that additional troops are to be deployed to Afghanistan. The Taliban have repeatedly said fighting will continue until all foreign troops have left Afghan soil.
Jennifer Mackinday, mother of a US marine tweets…
On Wednesday, Military.com reported Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman as stating that the US has 9,500 troops deployed for Operation Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. The website also stated that according to the Army, “an additional 300 10th Mountain troops from Fort Drum will join another 1,000 troops from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain based at Fort Polk, La., to deploy to Afghanistan.” See following link,
Mirwais Afghan a freelance reporter, stated, “within 24 hours, 4 huge attacks, 60 killed and hundreds wounded only in Kabul. Another Baghdad in the making?”
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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”.