Bomb attack kill dozens in Afghanistan

Dozens of people have been killed in a series of militant attack on Tuesday throughout Afghanistan.

Up to 30 people were killed and 80 wounded in twin bombings near the parliament in the capital, Kabul.

In Kandahar, blasts at the governor’s guesthouse killed up to 12 people and injured the UAE ambassador.

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In Helmand province a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a guesthouse used by an intelligence official, killing at least seven people.

The Kabul blasts took place during rush hour as staffs were leaving the parliament complex.

The Taliban said they were responsible for the twin bomb attack in the centre of the city.

“We planned this attack for quite some time and the plan was to target some senior officers of the intelligence agency,” a Taliban spokesman was reported as saying.

The attack is the latest in a series carried out by the Taliban throughout the last year. Most of the victims on Tuesday are said to be civilians, including parliament staff.

Reports speak of a suicide bomber striking first outside the entrance to parliament, followed by a car bomb.

President Ashraf Ghani vowed that all those behind the “criminal attacks” would be caught.

“The Taliban shamelessly claim credit for the attack on civilians and they’re proud of it,” he said in a statement.

Afghan sources said a district head of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, was among the dead.

A Member of Parliament from western Herat province, Rahima Jami, was said to have been injured.

An injured parliament security guard named as Zabi, “The first explosion happened outside the parliament… a number of innocent workers were killed and wounded. It was caused by a suicide bomber on foot.”

He said the car containing a bomb “was parked on the other side of the road and flung me back when it detonated.”

Ahmad Wali, police chief of Kabul’s district 7, said that the explosions were close to the gates of the city’s American University.

 

BBC/Sammie