News ID: 237718
Published: 0731 GMT January 22, 2019

Iran denounces Kabul suicide attack

Iran denounces Kabul suicide attack
EPA

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned a terrorist attack by Taliban on a military base near the capital Kabul, which killed scores of Afghan forces.

Sympathizing with the Afghan government and people, Qassemi deplored as unacceptable any move to resort to killing and violence and stressed the necessity for talks and a national consensus to reach peace and security in Afghanistan, according to IRNA.

Afghan officials confirmed on Tuesday that dozens of victims killed the in the brazen Taliban attack on a military base were members of the country's intelligence agency – a severe blow to the government which has already lost control of nearly half of Afghanistan to militants.

Provincial officials said at least 45 people were killed and as many as 70 were wounded when a suicide bomber drove a Humvee into the base in eastern Maidan Wardak Province and detonated his load as he rammed the vehicle into the main building there on Monday.

There were fears, however, that the death toll from the daytime assault on the base, which also serves as a training center for a pro-government militia and is run by the country's intelligence service known as the National Directorate for Security, or NDS, is even higher.

The agency said the suicide bomber in the armored Humvee had managed to penetrate the gate of the base on the outskirts of Maidan Shar, the provincial capital located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Kabul, even though guards fired at the vehicle.

Khawanin Sultani, a council member in the province, said the building collapsed in the explosion, which likely contributed to the high casualty numbers.

"Most of the bodies were under the destroyed building," he said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility in a statement to the media just hours after the attack.

The Taliban now hold sway in almost half of Afghanistan and carry out attacks on a daily basis, mainly targeting the country's security forces.

 

 

   
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