Kabul attack: at least 6 dead and 12 injured in a suicide attack near an Afghan ministry

Security forces around the Foreign Ministry in Kabul (AFP/file) (WAKIL KOHSAR/)

At least six people died and 12 were injured this Monday in a suicide attack near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabulthey affirmed to EFE official sources and eyewitnesses.

“A suicide bomber was detained by security forces before reaching his objective, a checkpoint, and detonated the explosives he was carrying killing six people and injuring several,” said the capital’s police spokesman, Khalid Zadran, on the social network Twitter.

afghan television Tolo News stated, for his part, that at least twelve people were injuredciting the Italian NGO Emergency, which has one of the main hospitals in the capital.

“A very strong explosion took place and shook the entire area, which is now blocked off by the security forces,” he told EFE a local merchant, Haseebullah.

Monday’s explosion was the second bombing near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul in less than three monthsand the first since the Muslim holy month of Afghanistan began on Thursday in Afghanistan. ramadan.

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Taliban security forces (AFP) (WAKIL KOHSAR /)

The suicide attack comes after the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) assumed responsibility for a bomb attack last January also in front of the Afghan Foreign Ministry, which left at least five dead according to official figures.

The Taliban maintain a strong rivalry with the terrorist formationwhich emerged as one of the main security threats in Afghanistan after the rise to power of fundamentalists in August 2021.

Faced with the increase in these types of attacks claimed by IS, the Afghan security forces have intensified the number of operations to dismantle the jihadist group’s hideouts throughout the country.

This same Monday, the Taliban’s General Intelligence Directorate (DGI) reported the death of at least three prominent IS members in various operations carried out in recent weeks in northern Afghanistan.

(With information from EFE)

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