At Least 38 were killed when two bombs explode near government offices in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul on Tuesday. Those who were killed included civilians and military personnel. The attack was conducted by Taliban insurgents.
Public Health Ministry official Mohibullah Zeer said "another 72 people were wounded in the attack. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said a suicide bomber struck first, followed by a car bomb, and that four police officers were among those killed."
Ghulam Faroq Naziri, a lawmaker from the western Herat province, said "another MP from the same province, Rahima Jami, was wounded. It appeared to be the deadliest attack in Kabul since July, when two suicide bombers struck a demonstration held by Hazaras, a Shiite Muslim ethnic group, killing 80 people. That attack was claimed by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group."
"The fighting in Afghanistan tends to taper off during the winter months when mountain supply routes used by the insurgents are impassable. Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber on foot struck in the southern Helmand province, killing at least seven people, said Gen. Agha Noor Kemtoz, the provincial police chief. The target of the attack was a guesthouse used by a provincial intelligence official in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital", he said.
"Those killed include civilian and military personnel, and six others were wounded in the attack", Kemtoz said. A car full of explosives was also found nearby.
"In the southern Kandahar province, two explosions inside the governor’s compound killed five people and wounded another 12, including Gov. Homayun Azizi", his spokesman said.
The spokesman, Samim Khpolwak, who was lightly wounded, said "it was not yet clear what caused the blasts. An attack on the heavily guarded compound would indicate a major security breach."
BY M. DIVYA SRI