At least 35 people were killed and 42 others were injured in a car bomb attack at around 7 am on Monday morning in the western region of Kabul, Afghanistan. Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack. A bus carrying the government employees in western Kabul was targeted with a car bomb. Information about this attack was given by the Home Ministry spokesman Najib Danish.
Danish said, “The bus carrying the staff of the mining ministry was targeted with a car bomb during the hustle bustle of the morning. Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack. Significantly, the Taliban have accelerated their attacks in recent weeks. There is a plurality of people of Shi’ite Hazara community in the vicinity of the blast site. This community has been targeted in the past too.
Significantly, nearly a year ago, dozens of people of this community were killed in the blast in this area. Near the blast site is the house of popular leader and former warlord Mohammad Mohaqiq. The leader’s spokesman said that there are frequent explosions and suicide attacks in Kabul.The Taliban, which is battling the Western-backed government and a NATO-led coalition for control of Afghanistan, has launched a wave of attacks around the country in recent days, sparking fighting in more than half a dozen provinces.
“I was in my shop when suddenly I heard a terrible sound and as a result all of my shop windows shattered,” said Ali Ahmed, a resident in the area of Monday’s blast.Three civilian vehicles and 15 shops were destroyed or damaged in the blast, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
At least 1,662 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in the first half of the year. The latest suicide bombing came two weeks after the Islamic State group claimed an attack on a mosque in the capital that killed at least four people.Kabul has accounted for at least 20 percent of all civilian casualties this year, including at least 150 people killed in a massive truck bomb attack at the end of May, according to United Nations figures.