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Afghanistan: Blast near Russian embassy in Kabul kills 6

21st Jan 2016
Afghanistan: Blast near Russian embassy in Kabul kills 6

KABUL, (AA): At least six people were killed and another 24 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Russian embassy in Kabul on Wednesday evening, according to Afghan officials.

The attacker, riding a motorbike, reportedly targeted a bus carrying employees of a prominent private television channel.

Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayob Salangi tweeted that four women were among the dead.

“At least six non-military people were killed in the attack,” Salangi said. “Four out of six people [killed] were female.”

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi, for his part, told Anadolu Agency that the targeted vehicle had not been accompanied by a military escort when the attack occurred.

Following the initial explosion, the bus caught on fire and the area was quickly cordoned off by security forces.

A police officer at the scene told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity that the mini-bus had been carrying employees of Tolo TV, a local television station.

The Afghan Health Ministry, meanwhile, has confirmed that at least 24 injured people had been admitted to hospital.

No groups, including the Taliban, have yet claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

The U.S. condemned the attack and said freedom of the press was “a cornerstone to democracy”.

In October of last year, the Taliban threatened Tolo TV and One TV television stations, describing them as “legitimate targets” after they reported on crimes allegedly committed by Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s northern city of Kunduz.

Officials at Tolo TV, for their part, said that seven staff members — including two women — had been killed in the attack and at least 25 others injured.

In a statement, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani denounced the incident, which he described as “cowardly and unforgivable”.

 

Author Esra Kaymak,Zabihullah Tamanna
[Photo: Earlier, a suicide bomber killed 13 people: A view of the damaged house after a suicide bomber killed 13 people in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad at the home of a tribal elder when people had gathered to celebrate his son’s release from Taliban captivity on January 17, 2016. The son was killed and at least 14 people, including his father, were wounded in the attack. Photojournalist Zabiullah Ghazi/AA]

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