Toll from Kunduz suicide attack rises
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): The death toll from a suicide attack on a district population registration office in northern Kunduz province has risen to 33, officials said on Tuesday.
A wounded policeman succumbed to his injuries late on Monday night, said the district chief, Muhammad Ayub Haqyar. The rest of victims were civilians who had come to receive their national identity cards.
Three children were among the dead, said Kunduz Civil Hospital Director Dr. Anwarul Haq.
Taliban's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the bomber, Muhammad, a native of central Logar province, targeted the men who had come to be enrolled as policemen. Thirty of them were killed and 42 others injured, he added.
"They were involved in looting residents in the guise of police and wanted to be recruited into the force to receive salaries," Mujahid said, insisting that none of the victims was civilian.
Denouncing the assault, President Hamid Karzai said: "The enemies of Afghanistan must know that such un-Islamic deeds can never save them from divine retribution and the wrath of oppressed Afghans."
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