Conflicts & War

At least 4 killed as bomb hits Afghan government bus in Kabul

Kabul, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- At least four people were killed and nine wounded when an improvised explosive device hit a bus carrying Afghan government employees in Kabul Thursday, an official said.

The blast took place around 7.30 am in the north of the city, Kabul police spokesperson Firdaws Faramarz told EFE.

It came on the day Afghan government representatives and Taliban leaders convene in Moscow for talks to reduce surging violence in the country and speed up the stalled peace process.

“Four people, including a woman, were martyred and nine others were injured,” Faramarz said.

Authorities evacuated the injured to hospitals.

The blast took place on a road that connects the north of the city to its central parts.

Faramarz said the bus belonged to the ministry of telecommunication and technology, but officials of other government departments were also traveling on the bus at the time of the bombing.

A car was also damaged in the blast.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast.

It is the second bus bombing in Kabul this week.

Earlier on Monday, a bus was targeted in which five persons, including a child, were killed.

That coach was also carrying employees of the telecom ministry.

The attacks are the latest in a series of targeted strikes that have seen a spike in the last one year, coinciding with the beginning of the Afghan peace process.

The government blames the Taliban for these attacks, but the militant group has denied any targeting civilians. EFE-EPA


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