IS, Taliban-linked bombings in Kabul claim 12 lives within 2 days

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-31 20:40:47|Editor: Wu Qin
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KABUL, May 31 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people have been confirmed dead and about two dozen of others sustained injuries in two suicide bombings that rocked Afghanistan's capital city Kabul on Thursday and Friday, officials confirmed.

In Friday's suicide car bombing for which the Taliban group has claimed responsibility, four people were killed and three others injured, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasratullah Rahimi said.

All the victims, according to Rahimi were innocent civilians.

The bloody blast happened in the morning rush hour in Qala-e-Wazir area in the eastern edge of Kabul city where a convoy of the U.S.-led foreign troops was passing.

However, Zabihullah Majahid who claims to speak for the Taliban group, in contact with media claimed responsibility and asserted that a Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden car next to a convoy of foreign forces in Kabul at 08:40 a.m. local time killing "10 occupying soldiers" on the spot and destroying two vehicles of the foreign forces.

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission has yet to make comment on the Taliban claim.

Friday's bloody blast is the second of its kind in Kabul over the past two days.

On Thursday, a suicide bomber blew himself up next to the gate of Marshal Fahim National Defense University killing eight people and injuring six others, mostly the cadets who were going home for weekend to spend time with their families.

The hardliner Islamic State (IS) outfit has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

Anti-government militants have increased activities as the Taliban offensive on security checkpoints in Obe district of western Herat province on Thursday night killed 10 people including six police and four civilians, while government forces crackdown on a Taliban hideout in Aqtash district of the northern Kunduz province Friday morning killing six insurgent and injuring six others.