Wednesday, June 12, 2013

17 Killed In Suicide Bombing


A suicide car bomber has rammed a coach carrying employees of Afghanistan's top court in Kabul, killing at the least 17 people and wounding 40 others, officials say. Women and children were among the victims in Tuesday's blast, the inner ministry said. General Mohammad Zahir, head of criminal investigations at the ministry, said the bomber detonated his vehicle after ramming the bus carrying Supreme Court staff close to the US embassy. The blast happened on the main road to the international airport, a few hundred metres from the US embassy gates. The gates can be a distance from the specific embassy building and also from nearby NATO headquarters.
The area has several military facilities belonging to the US-led coalition. “The target was tree minivans high in Supreme Court employees. Eyewitnesses told us there are deaths at the site itself,” Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said. “Security forces are cordoning off the site and are worried about plenty of other vehicles already parked in the neighbourhood. Plenty of windows have already been blown out off apartments surrounding the area.” Several Taliban fighters were killed on Monday after launching a weapon and grenade attack on military buildings near Kabul airport's perimeter fence.

The response from Afghan security forces was widely praised as a sign of their growing professionalism because they take over responsibility from 100,000 US-led foreign combat troops who will take out by the conclusion of next year. Kabul also came under attack on May 24, once the Taliban launched a coordinated suicide and gun assault on a compound of the International Organisation for Migration.

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