Kabul struck by suicide attack, scores dead

Apr 19, 2016, 5:15 AM EDT
A blast in Kabul
(Source: ResoluteSupportMedia/flickr)

A suicide bomber, reportedly belonging to the militant Taliban, exploded his vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul, leaving scores dead and over 200 severely wounded.  The exact number of fatalities could not be ascertained immediately after the suicide attack, which targeted the headquarters of special security forces, which are deployed for securing high-profile government officials in Afghanistan.

CNN reports:

The suicide bomber was later joined by two armed attackers, who opened fire at the site of explosion. In a retaliatory action, police killed one of the insurgents while a search operation was underway to trace others. Afghanistan’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the cowardly act reiterating the country’s resolution to root out terrorism from their land.

The BBC writes:

The withdrawal of the U.S. and N.A.T.O. troops from Afghanistan has presented Taliban with an opportunity to expand its presence in the region. Days before this incident, Taliban had threatened Afghanistan government of carrying out massive attacks, which it described as “spring offensive.”

The Guardian reports:

Despite Afghanistan government’s relentless efforts to bring insurgents to the negotiation table, little has changed on ground. Resorting to more deadly means for scaling up the magnitude of damage, Taliban fighters have been successful in their endeavors, as revealed by a recent U.N. report, which shows a marginal rise in the number of casualties in the first quarter of 2016.