2 dead in attack on Defence Ministry bus
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two people were killed and nine others wounded on Monday when a bus of the Defence Ministry came under suicide bomb attack in the heavily-fortified central capital Kabul.
The bomber ploughed his explosives-rigged motorbike into the vehicle in the Cement Khana locality of the 16th police district, said Gen. Zahir Azimi, the ministry spokesman.
His deputy, Dawlat Waziri, said all the dead and wounded were Afghan National Army (ANA) officers. The injured were evacuated to hospital and are said to be in stable condition.
As usual, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack that happened at about 3.15pm. The group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid identified the bomber as Siffatullah.
Aimal, a shopkeeper in the area, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he had seen the bodies of two ANA officers. However, he had no information about the number of the injured.
ANA Commander Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem said the ill-fated bus carried 20 people -- 13 paid workers and seven army officers.
President Hamid Karzai, meanwhile, denounced the bombing as an inhuman and un-Islamic act. He made clear Afghanistan’s enemies would never succeed in busting the morale of its security forces.
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