Kabul Bomb Attack, August 2015

Published: August 7, 2015

Kabul Bomb Attack, August 2015, More than 30 people have died and hundreds more have been wounded in separate bomb attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul.

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the city’s police academy on Friday evening, killing about 20 recruits.

In the early hours of Friday, a truck carrying explosives was detonated near an army base in the Shah Shahid area, claiming 15 lives.

Reports are now coming in of a large explosion north of the airport.

Heavy gunfire was heard following the blast, but few other details are known.

Suspicion for all of the attacks is likely to fall on the Taliban. President Ashraf Ghani suggested that the group was seeking to divert attention away from its leadership struggles.

Officials said Friday evening’s suicide bomber was dressed in police uniform when he detonated an explosives-laden vest outside the gates of Kabul’s police academy.

One officer told the Associated Press that the bomber had walked into a group of recruits waiting outside the academy, adding that 25 people had been wounded in the attack.

The security services were quick to arrive at the scene of the truck bomb blast early on Friday morning Dozens were wounded by debris and glass which shattered in the densely populated area The truck bomb, which went off in the early hours of Friday, damaged buildings and created an enormous crater in the road.

A security source told Reuters that the target was probably an army compound.

Injured people including women and children were rushed to hospital for treatment. Some bodies were feared buried in the wreckage of shops and businesses.

The BBC’s Khalil Noori says that most of the casualties from the first bomb attack were civilians.

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