Aftermath of attack targeting foreigners in front of Shinozada Hospital (Image Khaama Press)
Kabul residents are once again on alert as an explosion was heard near to the US Embassy. According to Karim Haidari, the blast occurred in front of the Shinozada Clinic. A website for the facility states, “Shinozada Hospital was firstly started as a Medical Clinic, which later on 1999 established as first private hospital in Afghanistan.” The explosion thought to be a car bomb targeting a foreign convoy resulted in yet more casualties in the city.
Islamic Emirate, Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that they deny involvement in today’s suicide car bomb in Macrorayon area of Kabul city as follows,
دکابل پيښه داسلامي امارت دمجاهدینولخوا نده ترسره شوې، په دې اړه زموږ تحقیقات بشپړشول، دا برید په موږ پورې اړه نلري.
According to Reuters news agency, “Saturday’s bomb was placed in a Toyota sedan, a security official at the scene said. Flames billowed from the car and parts of it were ripped apart by the blast and scattered along the street.”
Wahidullah Mayar Spokesperson for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) tweeted,
#12 dead including a foreigner and a woman, and 66 injured including 6 women and 5 children in today’s suicide attack in Macrorayan, Kabul.
Eltaf Najafizada tweeted
Heartbreaking! School minibus hit by a suicide blast in
#Kabul while taking students home.
ITV Kabul posted the following video, Suicide Attack in Mekrorayan, Kabul
The BBC reported, “a senior Nato official said that three of its contractors had been killed in the attack in the Macrorayan district, but gave no further details.”
Earlier attack targeting foreigners near airport (10th August 2015)
Smoke rising at Kabul international airport (Image via Mirwais Afghan)
The latest explosion following on from a series of attacks recently in Afghanistan, some as part of the Taliban’s operation Zarb-e-Asb (Resolve) though they denied involvement in the incident in Shah Shaheed area of Kabul city, see following link,
“Afghanistan: Taliban investigate and deny Shah Shaheed explosion Kabul”
On the 10th August 2015, a suicide bomber allegedly drove a vehicle into a checkpoint near Hamid Karzai international airport. Five people were killed and 16 wounded. Plumes of smoke were seen rising from the vicinity with flights delayed as emergency services dealt with another major security incident. A US- NATO convoy of foreigners was the target of that attack.
Abdulqahar Balkhi a spokesperson affiliated with Islamic Emirate tweeted
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