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286 killed, 851 wounded in Kabul attacks this year

286 killed, 851 wounded in Kabul attacks this year

Aug 25, 2016 - 17:55

KABUL (Pajhwok): The group attack on the American University of Afghanistan killed and wounded 58 people, mostly students, taking the casualty toll to 1,137 in 23 attacks in Kabul this year.

A three-member suicide squad stormed the American University in Darul Aman area on Wednesday evening, killing more than a dozen people and injuring another 45.

The dead included seven students, two guards of the university, one guard of the blind institute and three policemen and the injured included 30 students.

The attack began at about 7pm when one of the attackers crashed his explosives-laden car into the university wall, allowing the two others to enter the campus.

The two attackers were killed by security forces at about 4am on Thursday morning. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to a Pajhwok tally, it was 23rd attack taking place in Kabul this year.

The previous 22 attacks including 13 suicide bombings killed 273 people and injured 806. Reports show 93 percent of the fatalities resulted from suicide attacks and 63 percent from three deadliest attacks.

The deadliest suicide attack in 15 years in Kabul took place on April 20 when 64 people were killed and 347 others wounded. The attacker in a truck carrying hundreds of kilograms of explosives struck the elite security unit.

After this, the second most fatal assault took place Deh Mazang Square on a crowd of people who had gathered to protest the rerouting of a multimillion dollars power project.

That attack killed 81 people and injured another 231. On June 30, a convoy of buses carrying newly trained police cadets from central Maidan Wardak province to Kabul came under attack from a suicide bomber, killing 37 and injuring 40 others.

The Deh Mazang attack was claimed by the Islamic state group and most of the remaining by Taliban. There have also been some attacks for which no group has claimed responsibility. ma/mud

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