Suicide bomber kills 26 people in Kabul

Kabul: At least 26 people were killed and 18 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday. The explosion occurred next to the University of Kabul,  the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan confirmed the news.

According to the media reports, the blast that took place near a Shiite shrine in the west of Kabul amid celebrations of the Nawruz holiday, marking the start of the Persian new year, comes just days after a suicide bomber detonated the bomb close to a compound housing foreign contractors in the capital, killing two people and injuring three others on March 17. The Taliban claimed the responsibility for the explosion. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast so far, the initial death toll stood at 3 people and is expected to rise.

Afghanistan has long been suffering political, social and security-related instability because of the simmering insurgency, including that of the Taliban, Daesh* terrorist group and Daesh-affiliated groups

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy interior ministry spokesman, said the bomber blew himself up near the Kart-e Sakhi shrine, a target of previous militant attacks.

The latest explosion to hit Kabul underlined the threat to the city from militant attacks despite government promises to tighten security in the wake of an attack in January that killed around 100 people.

Today’s blast, the latest in a series to have hit Shi’ite targets in Kabul, came as people were walking away from the shrine, near the city’s main university.


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