Taliban Bombings Kill 27 Cadets in Kabul, Injure Another 40

Refuting official numbers, Taliban has claimed to have killed 150 policemen.

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Representational image of the Afghan Quick Reaction Force (QRF) members. (Photo: Reuters)
  • Two Taliban suicide bombers on Thursday killed at least 27 people and wounded around 40 in an attack on buses carrying newly graduated cadets in Kabul, officials said. In a statement, Taliban refuted the official figure, and claimed responsibility for killing around 150 policemen and injuring a dozens more.

  • The attacks underline the threat to security in Afghanistan about a week ahead of a NATO summit in Warsaw, where leaders are expected to discuss whether to maintain support for the Kabul government 15 years after the Taliban were driven from power.

  • Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the first attack targeted a bus carrying police cadets and instructors. Then, as rescuers and emergency services arrived, a second bomber rammed his car, packed with explosives, into their vehicles, killing dozens.

  • The attacks were immediately condemned by NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan as well as President Ashraf Ghani, who called the incident a “crime against humanity”.

  • The latest suicide bombings took place 10 days after 14 people died in an attack on a bus carrying Nepali security guards working for the Canadian embassy in Kabul. In April, 64 people were killed in a Taliban attack on a security services facility in Kabul, in the deadliest bombing since 2011.

(With Reuters inputs)

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