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Bomb blast kills 14 wounds 8 in capital Kabul

(Last Updated On: June 20, 2016 5:52 pm)

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A suicide bomber struck in the Afghan capital early Monday morning, killing at least 14 people; an attack on a minibus carrying Nepalese security guards in Kabul.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) announces the causalities of this incident as 14 killed that includes 5 Nepalese and 8 others wounded.

“Initial report of today’s terrorist attack in Kabul 14 killed and eight wounded. Police are working to ID victims,” interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqui said on Twitter on Monday.

However, Nepalese media outlets have reported that 14 Nepalese killed in this suicide bombing.

The bombing, carried out by a suicide bomber on foot according to police, occurred just before 6am (0130 GMT) in the east of the Kabul along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the suicide bomber had waited near a compound housing the security contractors and struck as the vehicle moved through early morning traffic. As well as the bus passengers, several people in an adjacent market were also wounded in the attack.

The Canadian embassy confirmed that the victims worked for a security company that provided services to the Canadian Embassy, the embassy said in a tweet on its official Twitter account.

“Our thoughts with families and friends of victims,” the tweet said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on social media, saying it was “against the forces of aggression” in Afghanistan.

But in a conflicting statement, Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate also claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack, identifying the suicide bomber as Erfanullah Ahmed and saying he carried out the attack by detonating his explosives’ belt. The conflicting claims could not immediately be reconciled.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a bomb rigged to a motorbike killed 10 Afghan civilians during morning rush hour in a busy market in northeastern Badakhshan province.

And later Monday in Kabul, a second Taliban bombing killed an Afghan civilian and wounded five people, including a provincial council member who was the intended target of that attack, authorities said.

The new Taliban attacks come a month after the U.S. military killed the leader of the Taliban in a drone strike in Pakistan.

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