Kabul bomb targets vice-president, kills 10 civilians: Afghan officers

Kabul, September 9

A bombing within the Afghan capital on Wednesday focused the convoy of the nation’s first vp, killing 10 individuals and wounding greater than a dozen others, together with a number of of the vp’s bodyguards, the Interior Ministry stated.

No one instantly claimed duty for the bombing and the Taliban rapidly denied they had been behind the assault.

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh suffered minor burns within the blast.

Saleh, who can also be Afghanistan’s former intelligence chief, stated in his first tv look instantly after the assault that he was wonderful and had sustained solely slight burns. He appeared within the TV footage with bandages on one hand.

“Me and my younger son who was also with me are fine,” Saleh stated within the footage.

“I have slight burns on my face and hand from the wave of the blast. I don’t have exact details right now, but I apologise to those who suffered casualties and those who lost their property in the attack.”

His spokesman, Razwan Murad, referred to as the assault a “vicious terrorist attempt” on Saleh’s life. The roads within the neighborhood of the bombing had been closed off.

The Interior Ministry says the bomb went off as Saleh’s convoy was passing by a piece of Kabul with outlets that promote gasoline cylinders to be used in heating properties and cooking. The blast ignited a hearth that set ablaze a variety of the outlets.

The explosion left behind a scene of destruction — not less than 10 outlets had been smoldering within the aftermath of the explosion that had additionally shattered home windows of dozens of close by properties, some with doorways hanging off their hinges. Cars had been wrecked and particles was scattered round.

The Interior Ministry’s spokesman, Tariq Arian, confirmed to The Associated Press earlier that the bombing focused Saleh’s convoy. Initially, Arian stated not less than two civilians died however the dying toll later rose to 10. The ministry stated not less than 15 individuals had been wounded.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed was fast to disclaim the insurgents had been concerned in any method, saying that “today’s explosion in Kabul has nothing to do with the Mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate”, because the Taliban name themselves.

Both the insurgents and the Islamic State group are lively in Kabul the place tensions are additionally excessive forward of the anticipated begin of negotiations between an official Afghan delegation and the Taliban.

Washington has been ramping up strain on each side to get the talks underway. America’s peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is in Qatar, the place the Taliban preserve a political workplace, attempting to get the negotiations began.

The negotiations, generally known as intra-Afghan talks, had been envisaged as a part of a peace deal the US signed with the Taliban in Qatar in February to finish America’s longest battle. At the time, the talks had been solid as Afghanistan’s greatest likelihood at peace after many years of battle.

Kabul’s peace negotiation staff is ready within the Afghan capital to journey to the Qatari capital of Doha for the talks however delays have been relentless. In current days, Washington, officers in Kabul and the Taliban have all indicated that they might get underneath method imminently.

The US-Taliban deal permits for the exit of American troopers from Afghanistan.  

However, US troop pullout, which has already begun, doesn’t hinge on the success of intra-Afghan talks however relatively on commitments from the Taliban to combat in opposition to different militant teams — such because the Islamic State group — and to forestall Afghanistan from being a staging area for assaults in opposition to the US and its allies. AP


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