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38 killed, over 40 wounded in Kabul blasts

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Two suicide bombers targeted policy convoy on Thursday killing at least 38 newly trained policemen and wounding over 40 others in Kabul, said officials.

Paghman District Chief Mohammad Musa Rahmati said that the convoy of recently trained cadets was on the way from Maidan Wardak to Kabul when the suicide bombers targeted it in Abdul Alikhil area of Paghman district at around 11:30 am.

He said that 38 people mostly police cadets were killed and over 40 others were wounded in the incident.

Six civilian including a woman, one child and two aged people were also among the killed people, he said, adding that first a Corolla model vehicle rammed into the buses and shortly after that another suicide bomber donated his explosives-packed vest near the convoy.

He said that the convoy was comprised of nearly eight buses, in which around 500 newly trained policemen were on board to be transferred to Kabul.

Ministry of Interior condemned the attack and said that in the incident 30 policemen were killed and 58 others were wounded.

President Ghani strongly condemned the attack over police officers, and ordered the Ministry of Interior to arrest the culprits.

He said that Muslims are praying during the holy month of Ramadan, but the Taliban are killing innocent people.

“The Taliban have once again shown their total disregard for human life. Their increased use of improvised explosive devises are taking a very heavy toll on the Afghan people,” said Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, Resolute Support Deputy Chief of Staff, and Communication.

“The Taliban’s attacks are the leading cause of civilian casualties in Afghanistan. We strongly condemn the actions of Afghanistan’s enemies and remain firmly committed to supporting our Afghan partners and the National Unity Government,” Cleveland said.

Resolute Support expresses its deepest condolences to those affected by these terrorist acts. We are steadfast in our commitment to train, advice, and assist our Afghan partners in achieving a sustainable peace, as well as, security for the people of Afghanistan.

Likewise, the US Embassy condemns today’s horrific, multi-part attack on Afghan National Police and civilians in Kabul. The first attack targeted new police cadets, with a second attack purposefully targeting the brave people who rushed to help the victims. This cruel and complete disregard for human life during the holy month of Ramadan is abhorrent.

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