Death toll from Kunduz attack reaches 37
KUNDUZCITY(PAN): The number of people killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at an Afghan army recruitment centre in northern Kunduz province has risen to 37, officials said on Tuesday.
The attack occurred at around 2pm on Monday at the Afghan National Army recruitment centre near Spin Zar in the 1st police district of Kunduz city. Thirty five people were killed and another 40 were injured, officials said.
On Monday night, another two people died from their injuries, head of the hospital, Dr. Homayoon Khamosh, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Four children and four soldiers were among the dead, while the rest were people who had gone to the centre to join the security forces, he said.
Gen. Abdul Samad, the head of the recruitment centre, and a child were among the injured, he said.
"The children were polishing the soldiers’ shoes when the suicide incident occurred. Their polish and brushes were scattered across the area," Gul Ahmad said from his hospital bed.
"I wanted to join the ANA so I could defend my country, but the enemies of the country don’t want a strong defence force," he said.
Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack. He said 31 officials, including officers and soldiers, were killed and 34 others were injured.
President Hamid Karzai has condemned the attack, saying it was an unforgivable crime.
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