Seven killed in a car bomb attack on spy agency in Afghanistan

WION Web Team
KABUL Published: May 18, 2020, 02:24 PM(IST)

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The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the incident left tens of the special forces of the National Directorate of Security – the Afghan intelligence agency – dead and wounded.

At least seven people were killed on Monday when a bomb-laden car exploded targeting an Afghan intelligence agency installation in the eastern province of Ghazni.

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"The terrorists have used a humvee in their attack. They have targeted the national directorate of security unit in Ghazni city," Wahidullah Jumazada, spokesman to the governor said.

He said 7 people were killed and 32 others were wounded.

"Most of the victims are intelligence personnel," he added. The interior ministry in Kabul and a health official in Ghazni also confirmed the attack.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the incident left tens of the special forces of the National Directorate of Security – the Afghan intelligence agency – dead and wounded.

The bombing comes a day after President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing accord in Kabul, ending their months-long bitter feud.

The accord, welcomed by Washington, paves the way for launching peace talks with the Taliban.

On Thursday, the Taliban detonated a truck close to a military building in Gardiz city in southeastern Paktia province, leaving five dead and 20 injured, including military and civilians.

Last week, the Taliban attacked a military checkpoint in the Alishang district of eastern Laghman province that left dozens dead or wounded.

(With inputs from AFP)

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