May 24, 2018

Multiple blasts rock Afghan capital Kabul

10 May 2018, 12:17 | Rufus Hill

The series of explosions are the latest attacks on the Afghan capital

The series of explosions are the latest attacks on the Afghan capital

Wednesday, may 9, at least three suicide bombers attacked two police stations in Kabul: at least two policemen were killed and six more were wounded.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack but many officials doubt the group, which has its stronghold in a remote eastern border region of Nangarhar province, has the capacity to mount such complex attacks.

A senior Afghan security official said intelligence services believe the Haqqani network, a militant group affiliated to the Taliban which has a long record of urban attacks, was the real organiser of the attack.

But despite repeated government pledges to tighten security, hundreds of people have been killed and wounded in attacks in the city since the beginning of the year and authorities have appeared powerless to stop the bloodshed.

The health ministry said seven people were killed and 17 wounded.

These two instances are two comparatively small twin bombings in a line of multiple other recent attacks by IS and the Taliban in cities like Kabul with "Western-backed government and security forces".

Hours after the assaults, Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak told a news conference as many as five attackers targeted Police Station 10 and two suicide attackers were involved in raiding Police Station 13.

The second attack took place in front of a police station in Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood in downtown Kabul where a "search and clearing operation" was still under way.

Several other attackers were outside the building shooting at police officers.

The attack occurred at around 12:30pm when a suicide bomber blew up his explosives near the police headquarters and four others entered into building of a private travel agency in the area and started their attacks from the roof the building, the police chief said. He says gunmen occupied a nearby building, from which they were firing at security forces.

A travel agency that handles Indian visa applications is located on the same street as the Shar-e-Naw police station. "Such blatant terrorism targeting innocent civilians and disrupting way of life has no justification whatsoever", it said, reiterating that Pakistan stands ready to extend all possible counterterrorism cooperation to Afghanistan.

A police source told AFP the blast in the afternoon was caused by an attacker blowing himself up.

It is worth mentioning Daesh claimed a suicide attack in the Dasht-e-Barchi last month killing up to 30 people at a voter registration center.

Those attacks were claimed by Daesh.

Their Operation Al Khandaq will target U.S. forces and "their intelligence agents" as well as their "internal supporters", a Taliban statement said on April 25.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to media.

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