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Afghanistan: 10 dead, 8 injured in blast at Kabul military airport

Afghanistan: Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor said the blast left several people dead and wounded.

Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika Kabul Updated on: January 01, 2023 18:57 IST
Taliban fighters stand guard at the site of an explosion
Image Source : AP Taliban fighters stand guard at the site of an explosion near the Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan on January 1, 2023.

Afghanistan: A bomb blast near a checkpoint in Kabul's military airport on Sunday killed at least 10 people and injured 8 others, Taliban officials said. 

Although no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, suspicion lies on the Islamic State group. It is to be noted that the regional affiliate of the Islamic State group known as the Islamic State in Khorasan Province has increased its attacks since the Taliban takeover in 2021. 

Targets have included Taliban patrols and members of Afghanistan's Shiite minority. The military airport is around 200 metres (219 yards) from the civilian airport and close to the Interior Ministry, itself the site of a suicide bombing last October that killed at least four people.

Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor said the blast left several people dead and wounded. He gave no exact figures or further information about the bombing, saying details of an investigation will be shared later.

Although Taliban security forces prevented photography and filming directly at the blast site, the checkpoint appeared damaged but intact. It is on Airport Road, which leads to high-security neighbourhoods housing government ministries, foreign embassies and the presidential palace. A spokesman for the Kabul police chief, Khalid Zadran, was not immediately available for comment. 

(With inputs from AP) 

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