Afghanistan: Civilian killed, 15 injured in Kabul suicide bombing

SHAFAQNA –  One civilian was killed while 15 others were wounded after a suicide bomber targeted a government bus in the Afghan capital on Monday morning, sources and witnesses said.

“The attacker detonated his suicide vest close to the vehicle carrying the Attorney General Office’s staffs in Sanatoriam road in west Kabul at around 8:25 a.m. (local time), killing one female worker aboard the bus and injuring several others,” witness Abdul Jalil told reporters at the site.

The bomber was killed on the spot and the bus was damaged by the blast witnesses reported.

The majority of the wounded were people aboard the targeted vehicle and they had been shifted to hospital, the witness added.

“The Ministry of Interior Affairs condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack on innocent civilians which resulted in martyrdom of one civilian and wounding 15 other civilians,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since mid-April when the militant group launched a yearly rebel offensive against Afghan security forces.

The Taliban urged civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centers regarded as the legitimate targets by militants besides warning people not to support the government.

Nearly 3,700 civilians were killed and more than 6,800 others wounded in conflicts and Taliban-led attacks in 2014, according to official figures released by UN mission in the country.

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