Kabul blast shocked the world today. Terrorist attacks have a way of bringing the world down to its knees. Numerous such terror attacks have occurred in 2017 itself and the year has not even crossed the 6-month mark yet. Here are a few such attacks that shocked the world in 2017.
On Wednesday, a massive explosion took place near the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan capital Kabul, killing at least 80 people and injuring over 300, Reuters reported. The blast reportedly took place just outside the German Embassy, which is very close to the Indian Embassy. The staff of the Indian Embassy were reportedly safe, despite the damage to the doors and windows of the Embassy due to the explosion. Police officials told reporters that the blast happened in a car, but these reports could not be confirmed by Afghan officials.
On May 22, Manchester in the United Kingdom was hit by a suicide bomb attack at pop star Ariana Grande’s concert, resulting in the death of 22 people and injuries to 59 others. The attack took place when the people were leaving the venue after the concert.
The city that hosts two of the biggest Football clubs in the world was shocked by the suicide bombing. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) later claimed responsibility for the attack. Law enforcement agencies later arrested a 22-year-old man named Salman Abedi as the prime suspect behind the attack.
In the first terror attack in the United Kingdom this year, five people were killed on March 22 when an Islamic terrorist started a car and knife attack in Central London. According to The Guardian, a man named Khalid Masood sped a hired car over the Westminster Bridge, near the British Parliament. Masood drove on the pavements running over pedestrians before he crashed into the railings outside the Westminster Palace. Masood had then proceeded to stab several people including PC Keith Palmer (48), a US tourist Kurt Cochran, Romanian tourist Andeea Cristea (31), and two British nationals by the name of Aysha Frade(44) and 75-year old Leslie Rhodes, killing them all in the process. He was later shot dead by police.
In another attack by the ISIS, a car bomb on May 30, 2017 targeted families breaking their Ramadan fast and eating ice cream in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing at East 17 people and leaving 32 injured. According to reports, the blast took place right outside one of the famous ice cream shops in Karrada district. This was followed by another attack outside a pension office, killing 14 and leaving 37 more injured, The Guardian reported. ISIS took responsibility for the attack on Tuesday.