Thursday, June 30, 2016

Twin suicide bombings kill 30 in Kabul - latimes

TwTaliban suicide bombers attacked several buses filled with police cadets Thursday, killing 30 and injuring at least 58, a government spokesman said.

The first bomber walked up to the convoy of buses arriving in Kabul from Wardak province, which is home to one of the largest police academies in Afghanistan, and detonated his explosives, according to Sediq Sediqqi, an Interior Ministry spokesman. As cadets and officers rushed to help survivors of the first blast, the second bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives, he said.

The cadets were largely in their late teens to mid-20s, officials said. Some of them had just graduated and were being transferred to new areas to work. Others were traveling to Kabul to celebrate Eid al Fitr, the period of feasting that marks the end of Ramadan and one of Islam’s most sacred holidays.

“We were following the bus that was targeted first,” said a police trainer, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak on the matter. Before he could stop and get out to help, the second bomb went off. “I saw a huge plume of fire in the sky and rushed to help injured ones,” he said.
“Forty-five policemen were riding on the first bus,” he said. “None of them survived. Some others were also killed and injured from the second blast.”

The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming that over 100 policemen were killed and dozens wounded. - Read More

Twin suicide bombings kill 30 in Kabul


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