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30 dead, 80 injured in Kabul twin bombings

30 dead, 80 injured in Kabul twin bombings

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Jan 10, 2017 - 17:58

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Thirty people were confirmed dead and 80 others wounded in twin suicide bombings in front of the parliament building in Kabul on Tuesday, an official said.

Public Healthinfo-icon Ministry spokesman Majrooh confirmed the latest death toll to Pajhwok Afghan News. He said the dead and wounded had been evacuated to various hospitals.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack and said the Talibaninfo-icon had shamefully claimed responsibly for mercilessly killing civilians.

In a statement issued from the Presidential Palace, Ghani said the Taliban once again proved their enmity with Afghanistaninfo-icon by terrorizing a large number of people in Kabul and killed and wounded innocent people including womeninfo-icon and children.

The president said the attack was against humanity and that the criminals would find no safe haven in Afghanistan. He directed the authorities concerned to bring in use all available resources in treatment of the injured people.

Earlier, Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon member, Amir Khanyar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the first blast, a car suicide bombing, occurred near an office of the parliament The said office was formerly used by the National Directorate of Security or NDSinfo-icon.

The explosives-laden corolla car was exploded when officers were leaving parliament for home at the afternoon rush hour at around 3:50pm.

The second suicide came 20 minutes apart targeting a minibus that carried officials of the National Assembly. Khanyar said a policeman was among the 21 people killed and 13 policemen were among 33 others wounded in the twin explosions.

An official at the parliament building, wishing anonymity, said lawmaker Rahima Jami from Herat and the 6th police district chief had also been wounded in the blasts.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid the first attack targeted an NDS minibus and the car bombing hit security personnel who had gathered at the scene. He claimed 72 people were killed or wounded in the blasts. All the wounded were security personnel.

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