6 dead, 12 wounded in suicide attack near Afghan ministry

At least six people were killed and 12 wounded Monday in a suicide attack near the Foreign Ministry in Kabulofficial sources and eyewitnesses told EFE.

“A suicide bomber was detained by security forces before reaching his objective, a checkpoint, and detonated the explosives he was carrying, killing six people and injuring several,” the spokesman for the organization said. Police from the capital, Khalid Zadran, on the social network Twitter.

The Afghan television Tolo News affirmed, for its part, that at least twelve people were injured, citing the Italian NGO Emergency, which has one of the main hospitals in the capital.

According to said non-governmental organization, which provides health services in Kabul, the twelve wounded arrived at its facilities, including a child, as well as the bodies of two of the victims, it reported via Twitter.

“A very strong explosion took place and shook the entire area, which is now blocked by the security forces,” Haseebullah, a trader in the area, told EFE.

At the moment, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the jihadist group Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISKP) has executed several attacks over the past few months. ISKP, which considers the Taliban traitors to the orthodoxy of ‘sharia’ or Islamic law and defends a much harsher interpretation, has been the target of a security campaign by the Taliban.

The suicide attack comes after the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) assumed responsibility for a bomb attack last January also in front of the Afghan Foreign Ministry, which left at least five dead according to official figures.

The Taliban maintain a strong rivalry with the formation terrorist, that emerged as one of the main security threats in Afghanistan following the rise to power of fundamentalists in August 2021.

Faced with the increase in these types of attacks claimed by IS, the Afghan security forces have intensified the number of operations to dismantle the jihadist group’s hideouts throughout the country.

This same Monday, the General Directorate of Intelligence (DGI) of the taliban reported the death of at least three prominent IS members in various operations carried out in recent weeks in northern Afghanistan.

(With information from EFE and Europa Press)