Taliban attack at Kabul airport kills one, injures 31 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan,  At least one person was killed and at least 31 injured Monday when a car bomb detonated on a major road near the Kabul,Afghanistan, airport.

A bomb near the Kabul, Afghanistan, airport killed one civilian an injured 31 others on Monday. File photo by UPI | License Photo
A bomb near the Kabul, Afghanistan, airport killed one civilian an injured 31 others on Monday. File photo by UPI | License Photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The casualties, all civilians, included eight children, Afghanistan’s Health Ministry reported.

The attack took place on a road leading the heavily fortified Hamid Karzai International Airport and frequented by foreigners and high-profile Afghans. The road is often targeted by the Taliban, which took responsibility for Monday’s attack.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mijahid said the target was a convoy of foreign troops, although no troops of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan were in the area.

The incident came days after seven people were killed in an assault near the Spanish embassy in Kabul for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. The airport has also been the site of attacks and suicide bombings.

It also came the day after Raheel Sharif, chief of the Pakistani army, arrived in Kabul to help restart negotiations, stalled since July, between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

By Ed Adamczyk

UPI NEWS