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At Least 38 Killed In Kabul Bomb Blasts

RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan January 10, 2017

Afghan officials say the death toll from twin bombings near the parliament building in the capital, Kabul, has risen to 38, with civilians and military personnel among the victims.

Mohibullah Zeer, an official in the Public Health Ministry, said another 72 people were wounded in the January 10 attack that was claimed by the Taliban.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sadiq Sadiqi told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that a suicide bomber blew himself up, followed by a car bomb in the same area in "what appears to have been a coordinated attack."

The initial blast came at rush hour in a busy area of government offices near the Afghan parliament. The second explosion occurred after security forces had arrived at the scene.

According to some reports, another vehicle with explosives was stopped by security forces near the area.

A Taliban spokesman said the attack targeted a minibus purportedly carrying Afghan intelligence agency staff, but that claim could not be confirmed.

The Interior Ministry said at least four police officers were killed in the attack.

Afghan media reported that a district head of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's main intelligence agency, was among those killed.

Media reports say most of the victims were civilians, including parliament staff. Rahima Jami, a female lawmaker from the western Herat Province, was among the wounded, the Tolo news agency reported.

The wounded were taken to Istiqlal and emergency hospitals.The head of Istaqilal Hospital, near the scene of the bombings, told RFE/RL that more than 60 people have been brought to the hospital for treatment.

Also on January 10, at least seven people were killed and six injured by a suicide-bomb attack Helmand province in the south of the country, the provincial chief of police said.

The attack reportedly occurred in the house of a local tribal elder.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Helmand attack, but it bore the hallmarks of the Taliban.

With reporting by dpa, AFP, and Reuters

Source: attacks-parliament-deaths/28223768.html

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