At least 28 persons were killed and more than 300 wounded when a suicide bomber blew up a bus full of explosives near a government security building in the heart of Kabul, Afghanistan. This is the first major Kabul attack since the Taliban announced “spring offensive”.
The police said that, after the initial blast, which was described as huge by witnesses, armed men and more suicide bombers stormed the heavily-guarded compound.
Al Jazeera’s Qais Azimy, reporting from Kabul said Tuesday’s attack, which was quickly claimed by the Taliban, was likely the biggest such incident to hit the capital since 2001.
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Azimy confirmed that the attack happened during morning rush-hour in a crowded area, the number of deaths was likely to rise. The police said, “Our sources are telling us that at the time of explosion there was a graduation ceremony going on for new recruits when the suicide bomber detonated himself”.
In a statement, the Presidential Palace condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms”. Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told Al Jazeera that “The explosion has caused a lot of damage to the government”.