Car bomb attack in Kabul, at least 35 killed; Taliban claims responsibility
Afghan shopkeepers collect remains in front of a shop after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan Photograph: (Reuters)
At least 35 people were killed after a Taliban suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul today.
The suicide bomber targeted government personnel. At least three vehicles and several shops were destroyed in the blast.
"When the Taliban entered the hospital they killed 35, all civilians," spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi told AFP, without specifying if they were patients or staff.
"This is a cruel crime against humanity," he added.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility in a statement to the media for the suicide attack.
Afganistan has witnessed a series of attacks in the past three months with the Taliban targeting government building and military personnel including foreign embassy personnel.
Kabul has accounted for at least 20 per cent of all civilian casualties this year, including at least 150 people killed in a massive truck bomb attack at the end of May, according to United Nations figures.
Prime Minister Modi's office condemned the Kabul attack and expressed sympathy towards the victim's families. PM Modi in his tweet said: "We stand in solidarity with people and government of Afghanistan."
Strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Kabul. My heart goes out to the victim's families: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 24, 2017
We stand in solidarity with people and government of Afghanistan in their fight against terrorism: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 24, 2017