US condemns car bomb attack near Kabul airport
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States on Monday strongly condemned a car bomb attack that killed at least five persons and wounded another 16 near the Kabul airport.
The car bombing near the entrance to Kabul airport comes days after a series of suicide attacks killed dozens of civilians and wounded hundreds more in the central capital.
The attacks stoked tensions with neighboring Pakistan as President Ashraf Ghani said Islamabad had to act to cut off the bomb-making factories and suicide training camps being run from its side of the border.
"We hoped for peace, but war is declared against us from Pakistani territory; this in fact puts into a display a clear hostility against a neighboring country," he said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday's suicide attack in a crowded area outside an airport checkpoint, saying it was targeting "foreign forces".
Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi confirmed five people had died and 16 were wounded. A woman and a child were among the injured.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the occupants of the two targeted vehicles were foreigners and had all been killed. He denied any Afghan civilians died in the attack.
The US Embassy in Kabul strongly condemned the attack and said it showed a complete disregard for the lives of innocent Afghans. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families who suffered as a result of this attack.”
“Again, we call upon the Taliban and anyone supporting them to bring an end to the violence in Afghanistan. The United States stands by the Afghan people and remains committed to assisting our Afghan partners in their efforts to achieve a stable, secure, and prosperous future,” the statement said.
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