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Attack in Kabul Targets Counterpart International

Attack in Kabul Targets Counterpart International

KABUL – A car bomb blast targeted the international NGO – Counterpart International – in capital Kabul on Wednesday, which then followed attack on the organization’s compound.
Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack that happened on the third day of the holy month of Ramzan.
Occasional gunshots and explosions were heard as special forces, backed by advisers from foreign forces, surrounded the site and engaged the attackers in a stand-off. Authorities cordoned off the area, sending ambulances and police trucks.
Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 80 employees of Counterpart International were rescued and security forces were clearing buildings there.
“Two floors of the building have been cleared and to avoid civilian casualties, the operation is being undertaken with caution,” Rahimi said.
At least nine injured people were taken to hospital, said a health ministry spokesperson, Wahidullah Mayar, while officials at the city’s Emergency Hospital said they had received 15 wounded.
Officials of aid group Counterpart, which is headquartered in the United States and has operated in Afghanistan since 2005, were not immediately available to comment.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the aid group was working closely with government departments, promoting women, which is opposed by the Taliban.
Wednesday’s bombing comes after Taliban insurgents vowed to attack Afghan government and foreign installations in their annual spring offensive.
Despite stepping up security at checkpoints around Kabul, Afghan authorities have failed to stop attacks that have killed and wounded hundreds of people and undermined confidence in the government.
Even as a sixth round of talks between the US and the Taliban continues in Qatar, Taliban have kept up its attacks.
The blast comes just over two weeks after gunmen targeted the communications ministry in central Kabul, killing at least seven people in an attack claimed by Islamic State.
(Sahar News)

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