Terror strikes Afghanistan: 47 killed in Kabul, 9 dead in Kandahar; UAE ambassador among injured

11 January 2017, 12:03 AM
Afghan security personnel stand guard at the site of twin blasts near the Afghan parliament in Kabul. (Getty Images)
Afghan security personnel stand guard at the site of twin blasts near the Afghan parliament in Kabul. (Getty Images)

Afghanistan saw three deadly bombings on Tuesday in Kabul and Kandhar cities that left at least 47 people dead and scores wounded. 

A bomb blast at a guesthouse in Kandahar killed at least nine people and left scores injured including an ambassador from UAE, its envoy and a governor, ANI quoted TOLO news as saying.

Afghanistan's Capital city suffered maximum casualties when two coordinated bombings near the Parliament building killed at least 38 people including civilians and military personnel, officials said.

Mohibullah Zeer, an official in the public health ministry, said another 72 people were wounded in the attack. 

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Interior ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said a suicide bomber struck first, followed by a car bomb, adding that four police officers are among those killed.

The Taliban, which is waging a 15-year war against the US-backed government, claimed the mid-afternoon attack, which took place 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.

Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber on foot struck in the southern Helmand province, killing at least seven people, said Gen Agha Noor Kemtoz, the provincial police chief.

The target of the attack was a guesthouse used by a provincial intelligence official in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, he said.

Those killed include civilian and military personnel, and six others were wounded in the attack, Kemtoz said.

A car full of explosives was found nearby. No one claimed responsibility for the Helmand attack, but it bore the hallmarks of the Taliban.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:16 PM
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