Blast Near Afghan Foreign Ministry Kills 6, Hurts Several

By Reuters
March 27, 2023Afghanistan
Blast Near Afghan Foreign Ministry Kills 6, Hurts Several
An ambulance carries victims from near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on March 27, 2023. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images)

KABUL—At least six civilians were killed by a suicide attack in Afghanistan’s capital on Monday, near a security checkpoint leading to the foreign ministry, according to police.

“In Malik Asghar Square … a suicide attacker before reaching the target was identified at a check point and killed, but his explosives detonated,” said Kabul police spokesperson Khalid Zadran. He said several people were injured, including three Taliban security force members.

He did not name the target, but the blast took place in a busy downtown area near a checkpoint that guards a heavily fortified street housing several government buildings, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nearby Emergency Hospital, which is run by an Italian NGO, had received 12 wounded patients and two dead bodies, its country director said.

Kabul and other urban areas have been hit by several attacks in recent months, some of which have been claimed by ISIS terrorist group.

A blast in January killed at least five people and injured dozens at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as employees streamed out of the building at the end of the working day.

The Taliban has said that it has carried out several raids against suspected ISIS terrorists in recent weeks.

Monday’s incident took place around lunchtime, when the city is especially crowded as government office staff leave early for the day during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

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