Roadside bomb hits minivan in Afghan capital, 1 dead

 14 Mar 2017 - 11:12

Roadside bomb hits minivan in Afghan capital, 1 dead
Photo: AA.


KABUL, Afghanistan: A roadside bomb struck a minibus in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing a woman and injuring eight other civilians Monday, according to an Interior Ministry official.

The blast took place close to the Attorney-General’s Office during the evening rush hour in the Taimani area of the city.

Sediq Sediqqi, ministry spokesman, said the improvised explosive device had been planted on the roadside.

According to an eyewitness, the minibus was carrying employees of a private telecommunication firm.

IS has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to a statement released by the terror group, it said the minivan was targeted because it was carrying “security forces”.

This is the third attack claimed by the group in Kabul this year. In February, the Supreme Court building was hit in a suicide attack that killed 22 people. This was followed by another attack involving four attackers at a hospital which claimed 49 lives last week.

Separately, the Ministry of Defense said it killed at least 55 militants in its ongoing operations in 14 out of 34 provinces of the country in the last 24 hours.