15:11 - April 29, 2020
News ID: 3471309
TEHRAN (IQNA) – A suicide bomber on Wednesday targeted a base belonging to Afghan special forces on the southern outskirts of the capital, Kabul, killing at least three civilians and wounding 15, officials said.


The government blamed the Taliban for the attack, which took place a day after the country's defense minister and the commander of US forces in Afghanistan visited the facility.

The bombing happened outside the base for army commandos as civilian contractors working in the facility waited outside to get into the base, said a military official, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to the media about the attack.

Tareq Arian, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the site of the bombing was in the Chahar Asyab district and blamed the Taliban for the attack, calling it a crime against humanity.

“The target was likely the base itself, but the bomber failed to reach his target and instead killed innocent civilians," Arian said, AP reported.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and the Daesh group are active in Kabul and its surroundings and have repeatedly struck military and civilian targets.

On Tuesday, the Afghan defense minister, Gen. Assadullah Khalid, and the commander of US forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, visited the base, known as Army Commando Corps, praising achievements of the Afghan commandos and their dedication in defending the country.

Also Wednesday, a sticky bomb attached to vehicle detonated elsewhere in Kabul, wounding three civilians, according to Firdaus Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief. No one claimed responsibility for that attack.



Tags: Kabul ، bombing ، suicide ، Afghanistan ، Taliban ، US
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