A suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan, the country’s capital, killed at least 21 and wounded over 40 on Tuesday, including children. The blast occurred outside Afghanistan’s Supreme Court, at approximately 3:45 p.m., according to police and other authorities. The attack appeared to target Supreme Court employees who were on their way home at the end of the day.
CNN reported that Kabul’s chief of police, Basir Mojahid said the suicide bomber detonated the explosives on his body, near the court, in a parking lot. Saleem Rasooli, head of Kabul hospitals, initially reported 35 people were wounded in the blast. That number has since risen to over 40.
An eyewitness, Nimatullah Mati, said the area has “several residential apartments” and it was crowded on Tuesday afternoon because people were leaving work and going home. Mati added that, within five minutes, firetrucks and ambulances arrived on the scene.
According to Stars and Stripes, the suicide bomber had been “on foot,” and “wearing a suicide vest.” The parking lot was “adjacent to a residential area.” President Ashraf Ghani referred to the bombing as a crime against humanity, an act that was unforgivable.
Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Majrooh said of the victims killed, nine of them were women and two of the people who were wounded were children. Ismail Kawoosi, the Health Ministry’s public affairs chief, stated that almost all of the wounded taken to the hospital were “in stable condition.”
Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s chief executive took to Twitter to express his condolences. He said the blood of the people was not cheap and would not be wasted.
Italian army Lt. Gen. Rosario Castellano, deputy commander of the NATO mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement about the deadly Kabul suicide bombing that those who attempt “to destabilize the pillars of a functioning government are enemies of Afghanistan.”
The suicide bombing blast on Tuesday is the latest in a series of troubling terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. The attacks have prompted the growing security concern present in Afghanistan. The country and its “international allies” have been combating Taliban militants along with other radical groups for a number of years.
In 2016, over 11,000 people were killed or injured in Afghanistan as a result of terrorist attacks, which was the highest number of casualties since 2009 when the United Nations began documenting them, according to a report released on Monday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
In addition to the numbers of people in Afghanistan killed in terrorist attacks in 2016, there were 3,498 people there killed in the ongoing Afghanistan War. There was a spike in the number of children killed in the war, 923. The report stated that anti-government forces were behind nearly two-thirds of the casualties, namely the Taliban.
No terrorist group has yet claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing attack, but the Taliban often target government employees. According to The Kathmandu Post, “The Afghan government controls no more than two-thirds of the country,” now.
The toll of casualties from the suicide bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, has climbed to at least 21 dead and over 40 others wounded. A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a parking lot near Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul, just as employees were leaving work for the day.
By John Samuels
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