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30 police cadets killed, 58 wounded in twin Paghman blasts

30 police cadets killed, 58 wounded in twin Paghman blasts

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Jun 30, 2016 - 12:30

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior said 30 police cadets were killed and another 58 wounded in a twin Talibaninfo-icon bomb attack in Paghman district of central Kabul province.

The ministry in a statement said the newly-graduated police cadets were heading to Kabul from a training centre in central Maidan Wardak province when they came under attack on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in Qala-i-Haidar Khan area of Paghman district at around 11:30am.

The statement said 30 police were killed and 58 others wounded during the bombings. The Interior Ministry said it had directed two special commissions to investigate the incident and to immediately provide assistance to the killed and wounded police.

Earlier, Mir Hatam, an intelligence officer at the district police headquarters, said a convoy carrying newly-graduated police trainees from a police academy of Wardak province came under attack. He added the bombs had been planted in police vehicles.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks, with the group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying police officers were targeted by two suicide attackers.

He said dozens of policemen had suffered casualties in the attacks. However, he did not give specific casualty figures.

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