- Taliban have denied responsibility for the terrorist attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul which has killed and wounded hundreds of people.
- Insurgent group has condemned the truck bomb attack saying its militants were not allow to strike where there are ‘no targets’.
- Taliban’s denial of responsibility leaves the Afghan offshoot of ISIS as the main suspect.
- At least 80 have been killed and more than 350 have been wounded in the attack.
- Afghan security guard has been killed, and employees have been wounded at the German Embassy in Kabul.
- Damages have been reported to the embassy buildings of Bulgaria, Canada, France, and Japan.
The movement of the Taliban, which has been fighting Afghanistan’s security forces since its ouster from power by the US in 2001, has condemned Wednesday’s bloody terrorist attack in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter.
At least 80 people have been killed and over 350 have been wounded as a result of the explosion in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul reportedly caused by a suicide bomber who detonated a “truck bomb”, a truck loaded with explosives.
The Kabul blast occurred just two days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Taliban’s denial of responsibility for the Kabul blast, if confirmed, leaves ISIS Khurasan, the local offshoot of the ISIS terror group (“Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”) as the primary suspect for the horrific attack in Afghanistan’s capital.
ISIS Khurasan has been active in Afghanistan since 2015, even though the extent to which the it is controlled by the ISIS leadership in Raqqa, Syria, is unknown.
The Afghan branch of ISIS, which has been attracting disaffected Taliban fighters, has claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks targeting Shiite Muslims.
In its previous large-scale attack against Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, in March, ISIS killed over 50 people in a hospital there.
On May 3, ISIS attacked a NATO convoy in Kabul killed at least 8 people, and wounding 28.
In another extremely deadly recent terrorist attack in Afghanistan, the Taliban killed over 130 soldiers in an Afghan army base near Mazar-e Sharif.
The US recently dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb, the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB), on an ISIS cave base in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, killing almost 100 militants (at first 36 ISIS casualties were announced).
About 8,400 US troops are stationed in Afghanistan, and the US government is considering sending there at least 3,000 – 5,000 additional soldiers, a move advocated in February by America’s top commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Nicholson.
These US forces are separate from the 4,600-strong NATO mission named “Resolute Support”, which is dedicated to training and advising the Afghan army and police.
The Taliban militant group reacted to Wednesday’s devastating bombing in the diplomatic quarter of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul by denying any involvement in it, local news agency Khaama Press reported.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that the group had played no role in the attack.
He danied any responsibility on part of Taliban fighters saying they were not allowed to carry out attacks in areas where there are no targets.
Mujahid also added that the Taliban movement strongly condemned Wednesday’s attack in Kabul.
Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish said the attack was likely carried out using a truck full of explosives which was detonated in Kabul’s 10th police district, close to Zambaq square, where several diplomatic missions are located.
A day earlier two suspected suicide bombers were killed in an explosion in the 11th police district in Kabul.
The Kabul police chief said the incident took place close to Qala-e-Najara area with the suspects detonating their explosives as they were being chased by the police forces.
Wednesday’s blast was closest to the German Embassy in which an Afghan security guard was killed, and several employees were wounded, according to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
Officials from the other embassies in the area – those of Bulgaria, Canada, France, and Japan – reported damage to their buildings, Al Jazeera reported.
It also cited eyewitnesses as saying that the massive truck bomb explosion had felt like an earthquake.
Emergency, an Italian NGO that operates in a hospital near the site of the blast, wrote on Twitter that the explosion “was so big that our hospital got damaged”.