Thursday, 5 December 2019

7 killed after car bomb blast near Afghan interior ministry

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KABUL: At least seven people were killed and ten wounded, including four foreigners, when a minivan packed with explosives detonated during Kabul´s morning rush hour Wednesday, an interior ministry spokesman said.

The spokesman, said the bomb – targeting an SUV belonging to a private Canadian security company, GardaWorld – had gone off in a neighbourhood which is near the interior ministry and north of Kabul airport.

“As a result, seven of our people were killed and ten, including four foreign members of the security company, were wounded,” he said, describing the dead as Afghan civilians.

He did not confirm the nationalities of the foreigners involved.

Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi said that one of those killed was a 13-year-old child heading to school.

“The enemies of our people should know that our people are determined for peace, nothing can stop them from achieving peace,” he said.

A source at the interior ministry said the blast was detonated by a suicide bomber in the vehicle, which officials had earlier described as a car.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Both the Taliban and Daesh are active in the city, which is one of the deadliest places in the war-torn country for civilians.

The blast came one day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced that Kabul would release three high-ranking Taliban prisoners in an apparent prisoner swap with Western hostages who were kidnapped by the insurgents in 2016.

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