UNAMA denounces wave of suicide attacks in Kabul
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Wednesday condemned a spate of bombings in civilian areas of Kabul by the Taliban in the first few days of the new year.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for three separate suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (SVBIED) attacks in the Afghan capital between 1 and 4 January, killing five civilians and injuring at least 56.
The victims, including children and nine women, were killed or injured while going about their everyday lives in homes, restaurants, shops, offices or travelling on a busy public street. Four United Nations civilian staff were also injured, a statement from UNAMA said.
“The use of highly explosive devices in civilian populated areas continued to cause extreme harm to Afghan women, children and men,” said Mark Bowden, the deputy secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan.
Also the acting head of UNAMA, Bowden said: “Loss of life, maiming, destruction of homes, businesses and personal property and widespread fear – these are the real consequences of suicide attacks in urban areas.”
On new year’s day, the Taliban stormed Le Jardin restaurant, killing two civilians and injuring 18, while on 4 January, the rebels conducted two suicide attacks near Kabul airport, which killed three civilians and injured 38 others.
Notwithstanding heavy civilian casualties, the second attack on 4 January took place in a heavily-populated area, destroying or damaging over 80 private homes and shops.
There was a further magnetic bomb attached to a car that exploded in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul last night.
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