Kabul compound attacked after blast at schools kills 34

by Abel Hampton August 19, 2018, 0:07
Kabul compound attacked after blast at schools kills 34

Afghan troops backed by USA air support have struggled to push the insurgents from Ghazni, which lies just two hours south of Kabul by road, since the assault began late Thursday.

Among mourners at several funerals Thursday - including friends and relatives of the slain students, as well as strangers who felt the need to be there - the sense of grievance was specific, acute and expressed in increasingly angry terms.

"Dear General Bajwa! (Pakistani Army Chief) You signed document with us, you repeatedly told me on phone. you will pay special attention (to the Taliban activities on Pakistani soil). I found her among the unidentified bodies".

One analyst said the city was a small trading hub which has been reduced to a heap of rubble.

"I don't know how long we sacrifice our loved ones, I hope government (can) prevent such incidents".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which was swiftly condemned by President Ashraf Ghani in a statement.

Police say gunmen have launched an attack on a compound belonging to the Afghan intelligence service in the capital of Kabul.

Thirty-four people have been killed after a suicide bomber targeted students preparing for university exams in a Shi'ite area of the Afghan capital Kabul.

After some seven hours, officials said the two attackers were killed.

Azam said that one Army helicopter brought Chinese Camp "three sacks of rice" on August 3, one day after the ISIS captives were taken to Kabul.

"The clearance operation is ongoing according to the plan in Ghazni".

The attack was just one of the most shocking in a blood-soaked week across Afghanistan that has left security forces and civilians reeling.

"This violence must stop".

UNICEF, meanwhile, branded the attack "deplorable" and called for parties on all sides of the conflict to protect children.

Fore added that "children are not, and must never be the target of violence".

Before the attack on the Malikyar school, Islamic State, also known as Daesh, issued warnings through radio broadcasts and letters to schools that they would carry out attacks in retaliation for pressure their fighters were facing.

"They achieved a degree of disquiet", he said, but nothing more.

Afghan forces appeared to have finally pushed Taliban fighters from the strategic provincial capital, as the United Nations (UN) warned that reports suggested up to 150 civilians might have been killed in the fighting.

Mashal said 10 bodies of Taliban fighters discovered beneath a destroyed market were handed over Thursday to the International Red Cross.

Mr Ghani arrived in the city by helicopter and was holding meetings with security officials and elders amid tight security.

A Taliban assault on two adjacent checkpoints in northern Afghanistan killed at least 30 soldiers and police, officials said.


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