1. Kabul blast: Afghanistan blames Pakistan’s ISI, Haqqani network for the attack that killed over 90 people

Kabul blast: Afghanistan blames Pakistan’s ISI, Haqqani network for the attack that killed over 90 people

Afghanistan government's spokesperson Sediq Siddique blamed Pakistan's spy agency ISI and terror group Haqqani Network, which is aided by Pakistan.

By: | Updated: June 1, 2017 2:03 PM
kabul attack, kabul blast, kabul attack pakistan, kabul blast pakistan, kabul isi, kabul blast isi, haqqani network Security forces stand next to a crater created by massive explosion in front of the German Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The suicide truck bomb hit a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul killing scores of people and wounding hundreds more. (AP)

Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of being involved in Wednesday’s deadly Kabul blast in which 90 people were killed and hundreds others were injured. In a tweet, Tolo News has quoted Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) as saying that there was a “direct help” from Pakistan behind the Kabul blast. “NDS says today’s blast in #Kabul was planned by Haqqani network in Pakistan with the direct help of Pakistan’s intelligence agency (ISI),” Tolo News tweeted.

On Thursday, while speaking to India Today TV, an Afghanistan government spokesperson, Sediq Siddique, also blamed Pakistan’s spy agency ISI and terror group Haqqani Network, which is aided by Islamabad, for carrying out the attack. The allegations by Siddique is likely yo worsen Pakistan-Afghanistan relationship.

The deadly blast early on Wednesday near German Embassy in Kabul had shocked the world. On Thursday, people of Afghanistan mourned the loss of family members, friends and colleagues in the blast, which was one of the worst terrorist attack in the country since the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014.

Scores of people also waited in hospitals to learn the status of their family members and friends wounded in the attack, reported PTI. The incident took place when a bomber drove into Kabul’s heavily guarded diplomatic quarter during the morning rush. Most of the victims were civilians, including women and children. Some of the deceased were Afghan security guards.

No organisation has so far claimed responsibility of the attack.

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior minister, said the explosives were hidden in a tanker truck used to clean out septic systems. The blast created a crater about 5 metres (15 feet) deep near Zanbaq Square in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, where foreign embassies are protected by their own security forces as well as Afghan police and National Security Forces.

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