Attack in Kabul killed 38 people include civilians and NDS officials and wounded 86 other. Hours later, explosion killed 12 including five UEA diplomats and dozens wounded in southern city Kandahar on Tuesday, according to officials.
Suicide bomber attacked on Parliament building and National Directorate Security (NDS) in Durl-aman Road, Kabul on evening Tuesday. According to officials, the second attack was the vehicle bombed targeted the first responders to persons caught in the initial explosion. Taliban has also confirmed the scenario.
Ministry of interior affairs of Afghanistan announced that 38 people are dead and 86 other people have been injured.
According to spokesperson of Ministry of Interior affairs Sediq Sediqi, 13 police officers are among the dead including two NDS staff and the rest are the civilians’ employee of Parliament, and civilian street passers. He also added that 27 police officials make 86 injured people, and the rest are civilians.
Spokesperson of Taliban Group Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that they were targeting NDS staff vehicle.
In south of Afghanistan Kandahar governor’s compound became under attack when the governor was busy with reception United Arab Emirates ambassador and his delegation. According to Kandahar provincial police chief, explosions have been caused by bombs placed couch before the reception.
UAE confirmed that five UAE diplomats are among dead which are 11 people including deputy of Governor Abdul Ali Shamsi. UAE ambassador to Afghanistan, Juma Mohammad Abdullah Al-Keabi, the governor of Kandahar province, Humayoon Aziz are among 14 injured, according Gen. Raziq, Kandahar provincial chief.
UAE president said in a statement that the diplomats were in Kandahar “to carry out humanitarian, educational and development projects.” He ordered flags to be flown at half-staff for three days of mourning in his country.
Taliban group denied responsibility for the attack in Kandahar and said the explosions were the result of conflict interest of the officials.
Meanwhile, Gen. Raziq suspected involvement of the Haqqani Network, a Taliban faction, and Pakistan’s military Spy, directorate of Inter-services intelligences (ISI).
The attacks in Kabul and Kandahr had many reactions. The UN condemned the attacks. “Indiscrimination attacks against civilians, including diplomatic envoys, are violation of Human rights and international humanitarian laws and cannot be justified” said the UN in a statement.
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan also condemned the attacks. “Such unprincipled, unlawful and deplorable attacks cause immense human suffering and make the pace that Afghans need and deserve even more difficult to achieve.” said Pernille Kardel, the secretary-general’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan. “Those responsibility for these attacks must be held accountable.” said Kardel, who is also acting head of UNAMA.
In neighbor of Kandahar city, a bombing targeted a meeting of militia commanders on Tuesday in Lashkar Gah and killed at least seven people, according to Afghan officials.
After the attacks, U.S. embassy in Kabul strongly condemned the three attacks and released a statement. “The United States stands with the people and government of Afghanistan as we work together to build a more secure, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.” said the statement.