Disasters & Accidents

Blast rocks military zone of Kabul airport

Kabul, Jan 1 (EFE).- An explosion occurred near the military area of the airport in the Afghan capital of Kabul, leaving several people dead and wounded, the Taliban authorities said on Sunday.

The Taliban government did not specify the exact number of the casualties.

“Today morning an explosion took place in the outside sentry of the military part of Kabul airport,” Interior Ministry spokesperson Abdul Nafi Tekor told EFE.

Tekor said the blast, the causes of which are yet to be made public, “martyred and wounded a number of our countrymen” and further information would be shared after the investigation into the incident.

Although the Taliban, who seized power in August last year with the pullout of US troops, have not confirmed whether the recent blast was the result of an attack, Afghanistan has witnessed an increase in attacks over the past one year.

The Afghan branch of the Islamic State (IS) terror group, has emerged as the main threat to the country’s stability, although the Taliban denies that the armed organization poses a security challenge.

IS claimed responsibility for an attack on Monday that killed three members of the Taliban’s security forces, including a police commander, in northeastern Afghanistan.

On Dec.12, the terror group carried out an attack on a hotel frequented by Chinese citizens in Kabul, in which the three assailants were killed and 18 people were injured. EFE


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