Minibus blast in Afghan capital Kabul kills several


20 June, 2016

At least 14 Nepalese security guards were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted their minibus in Kabul, the Afghan capital. Afghan police said it was not clear whether the victims were Afghans or Nepalese security contractors.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for both of those attacks, saying they were taking revenge for the execution of six Taliban prisoners.

It was the first attack in the capital since the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan two weeks ago.

Hours after the minibus explosion that left at least 14 people dead in Kabul, another blast in the city has injured an Afghan lawmaker.

The guards were employed by a company that provides security to Western embassies in Kabul, a security official who asked to remain anonymous told AFP.

Police were working to identify the victims, he said.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi "strongly condemned the frightful tragedy in Kabul" and offered "deep condolences" to the governments and people of Afghanistan and Nepal. "Our deep condolences to people & Govts of Afghanistan & Nepal on loss of innocent lives", he said in a tweet.

Police and firefighters at the scene of a minibus blast Monday morning in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was thought a bomb had been attached to the lawmaker's vehicle, he said.

U.S. forces have been in an advisory role in Afghanistan since the start of 2015 and were only authorised to hit Taliban targets for defensive reasons, or to protect Afghan troops.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the Badakhshan attack, though the Taliban are active in the area and regularly target Afghan security forces there.

Last month, a bus carrying Justice Ministry staff had been similarly targeted in a deadly suicide attack that took place near Kabul.

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