Two bombs went off today at American University in Afghanistan, killing at least 38 and injuring dozens more.
Dean James at America’s Freedom Fighters reports on the situation. The bombings were near the gates of the university, as well as government offices. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for at least one of the attacks. It marks a bloody start to 2017, after 2016 went down as one of the worst years for suicide bombings.
In addition to the dead, at least 72 people were wounded in the attack, Public Health Ministry official Mohibullah Zeer said. It is unclear if the twin bombings were targeted to kill Americans, or if it was an attack on the Afghan government itself. A number of government officials and diplomats were wounded in the attack, however.
Two large bombings near government offices in Afghanistan’s capital — not far from the gates of the American University of Afghanistan — killed at least 38 people Tuesday, including civilians and military personnel, officials said.
In southern Afghanistan, another attack at a guesthouse belonging to the governor of Kandahar province killed five people and wounded 12. An ambassador from the United Arab Emirates and other UAE diplomats were among the wounded, authorities said.
A suicide bomber struck first in Kabul, followed by a car bomb, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said, adding that four police officers were among those killed.
The Taliban, waging a 15-year war against the U.S.-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack, which unfolded near government and legislative offices.
Ghulam Faroq Naziri, a lawmaker from the western Herat province, said another MP from the same province, Rahima Jami, was wounded.
In the Kandahar attack, two explosions inside the governor’s compound killed five people and wounded 12, including several officials and the United Arab Emirates diplomats, authorities said.
Among the wounded was Gov. Homayun Azizi, his spokesman said. The spokesman, Samim Khpolwak, who also was slightly wounded, said it was not yet clear what caused the blasts.
Also hurt was UAE Ambassador Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi and “a number of Emirati diplomats,” the UAE Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It had no other details on how many UAE envoys were wounded in what it called a “heinous” attack.
Silence Is Consent will update this story as the situation develops.
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