Kabul attack: 26 killed, 41 injured after car bomb strikes bus; Taliban claims responsibility

Most of the casualties in the suicide attack in Kabul were civilians, including women and children, but the dead also included Afghan security guards

FP Staff July 24, 2017 20:45:16 IST
At least 26 people were killed and 41 wounded on Monday after a Taliban-claimed car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees. The attack took place in a Shia neighbourhood in Kabul, raising fears of sectarian violence in the Afghan capital. AP
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At least 26 people were killed and 41 wounded on Monday after a Taliban-claimed car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees. The attack took place in a Shia neighbourhood in Kabul, raising fears of sectarian violence in the Afghan capital. AP
Eyewitnesses said the suicide bomber seemed to target a minibus. This is the third major attack in the last two months. It was struck by the car bomb as it passed through a busy area of the capital that is home to many Shia Hazaras, a persecuted ethnic minority. AP
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Eyewitnesses said the suicide bomber seemed to target a minibus. This is the third major attack in the last two months. It was struck by the car bomb as it passed through a busy area of the capital that is home to many Shia Hazaras, a persecuted ethnic minority. AP
A man removes broken glasses from a window at the site of the suicide attack in Kabul. Most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children, but the dead also included Afghan security guards. AP
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A man removes broken glasses from a window at the site of the suicide attack in Kabul. Most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children, but the dead also included Afghan security guards. AP
Municipality workers clean up in front of a wedding hall at the site of the attack in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, which came just before 7 am. The group rarely claims attacks with high civilian casualties but does frequently target government employees. AP
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Municipality workers clean up in front of a wedding hall at the site of the attack in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast, which came just before 7 am. The group rarely claims attacks with high civilian casualties but does frequently target government employees. AP
Monday's attack in Kabul came as the Hazara community had planned to hold a demonstration in the same neighbourhood to mark the one-year anniversary of twin bombings that killed 84 people in an attack claimed by Islamic State. The Taliban have carried out sectarian attacks in the past, though they have been rare in the Sunni-majority nation of Afghanistan throughout its decades of war. AP
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Monday's attack in Kabul came as the Hazara community had planned to hold a demonstration in the same neighbourhood to mark the one-year anniversary of twin bombings that killed 84 people in an attack claimed by Islamic State. The Taliban have carried out sectarian attacks in the past, though they have been rare in the Sunni-majority nation of Afghanistan throughout its decades of war. AP