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Suicide Bomber Attacks Near Kabul Police Academy

  • RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

A suicide bomber on August 7 carried out a bomb attack near Kabul’s police academy -- the second major terrorist attack in the Afghan capital within 24 hours.

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said casualties are expected but did not disclose the number of deaths or injuries thought to have been caused by the evening suicide attack.

In the early morning hours of August 7, a truck packed with explosives was detonated in Kabul’s residential Siyah Sang neighborhood near a Defense Ministry compound, killing at least 15 people and injuring about 240.

President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman, Sayed Zafar Hashemi, said in a media briefing on August 7 that 47 women and 30 children were among the wounded in that blast.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that the truck bomb “hit ordinary people and destroyed people’s homes and businesses.”

He said a wall of the Defense Ministry compound was “partially destroyed” but nobody was hurt inside.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP
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