Paghman attack crime against humanity, says Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday strongly condemned ‘as crime against humanity’ a twin suicide bombing targeting buses carrying trainee policemen near Kabul.
The Taliban have claimed credit for the attack that left 37 people dead in Paghman district, about 12 miles west of capital Kabul. Another 40 people were injured.
Officials said the first suicide attacker struck two buses carrying trainee policemen, and a second bomber targeted those who rushed to the scene to help and hit a third bus. Four civilians were among those killed.
The cadets were returning from a training centre in central Maidan Wardak province and were heading to the capital on leave.
A statement from the Presidential Palace quoted President Ghani as directing the Ministry of Interior to chalk out a plan for safe and secure transportation of policemen.
The president extended his condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.
Meanwhile, the US diplomatic mission in Kabul condemned what it called horrific, multi-part attack on Afghan National Police and civilians in Kabul.
The first attack targeted new police cadets, with a second attack purposefully targeting the brave people who rushed to help the victims, the Embassy said in a statement. “This cruel and complete disregard for human life during the holy month of Ramazan is abhorrent.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those killed and injured today, as well as with the victims’ families, colleagues, and friends. We will continue to stand with our Afghan partners and friends as they work to bring peace and security to Afghanistan.”
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