1. Taliban attack police buses in Kabul, many casualties feared

Taliban attack police buses in Kabul, many casualties feared

Two buses transporting police cadets in the Afghan capital were struck by a suicide bomb attack today, government and Taliban sources said, with many casualties feared.

By: | Kabul | Updated: June 30, 2016 3:24 PM
The attack was quickly confirmed by the Taliban's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who claimed "many were killed and wounded". (Representative Image : Reuters) The attack was quickly confirmed by the Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who claimed “many were killed and wounded”. (Representative Image : Reuters)

Two buses transporting police cadets in the Afghan capital were struck by a suicide bomb attack today, government and Taliban sources said, with many casualties feared.

The attacks took place in a lower-class district of western Kabul.

Sediq Sediqqi, interior ministry spokesman, told AFP: “There were two explosions that targeted the police cadets vehicles on the outskirts of Kabul city.”

The attack was quickly confirmed by the Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who claimed “many were killed and wounded”.

The Taliban have been waging an insurgency against the government since being ousted from power by a US-led coalition in 2001.

Casualty rates have soared since the departure of foreign combat troops in 2014, but earlier this month US President Barack Obama ordered his military to tackle the resurgent Taliban more directly in tandem with Afghan allies, ratcheting up the 15-year conflict he had vowed to end.

The latest attack comes little over a week after 14 Nepali security guards were killed in a massive blast that left their yellow minibus spattered with blood.

At least 27 policemen were killed today and 40 wounded after two blasts struck two buses transporting police cadets in a western neighbourhood of Kabul, the interior ministry said.

“We are still investigating the precise nature of the blast, whether it was suicide attack, car bomb or whatever we do not know it at the moment,” a senior official said.

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