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Seven die in Kabul suicide attack

Updated September 10, 2018


KABUL: Security personnel inspect the site of the suicide attack on Sunday.—AFP
KABUL: Security personnel inspect the site of the suicide attack on Sunday.—AFP

KABUL: A suicide bom­ber on a motorbike blew himself up near a convoy of men commemorating the death anniversary of a famed resistance leader in Kabul on Sunday, killing at least seven people, officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly attack in the Afghan capital that came days after a double bombing at a wrestling club killed at least 26 people.

At least seven people were killed and 24 wounded in the explosion, the interior ministry said in a statement. All the casualties were civilians.

The force of the blast shattered windows and shook nearby buildings. Among the dead was the driver of a car taking part in the commemorations.

He veered off the road and into the front of a shop when the blast happened, witnesses said.

Two of his passengers were wounded, they said.

Afghan security forces said earlier they had shot dead a man who had been planning to blow himself up near supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud. The Tajik commander led resistance to the Soviet occupation in the 1980s and to the 1996-2001 Taliban regime.

The attack came as convoys of gun-wielding men terrorised Kabul as they commemorated the 17th anniversary of Massoud’s death.

At least 13 people were wounded by falling bullets and taken to hospital, health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh told journalists.

Police arrested 110 people and seized 20 cars and 10 weapons, the interior ministry said, as part of a crackdown on the violent commemorations.

Elsewhere in the country, nearly 20 members of the Afghan security forces were killed in fighting overnight.

Published in Dawn, September 10th, 2018