- At least six die in Kabul car bombing
- Attack targeted TV station vehicle
- Tolo TV a “legitimate target” – Taliban
There has been a car bomb attack in the centre of Kabul.
At least six people, thought to be employees of local TV news station, Tolo, have been killed.
Unfortunately, in the terrorist attack today in Darulaman Road in Kabul, we lost 7 staff members.— TOLO TV (@TOLO_TV) January 20, 2016
At least 24 people, including women and children, were wounded in the bombing on Darulaman Road, which happened at the height of the evening rush hour.
KBL suicide attack update; four civilians are among dead and 20 more civilians wounded in today's terrorist attack.— Sediq Sediqqi (@moispokesman) January 20, 2016
“Police are working to identify the victims of today’s attack, but there was no military convoy in the area, they were all civilians”
said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack.
However, the Taliban said last year that they considered Tolo TV a legitimate target.
Officials say it happened in the area of the national parliament, government ministries and the Russian embassy.
The Interfax news agency quotes a Russian foreign ministry source as saying it was not aimed at their embassy.
Suicide bombing in Afghan capital kills four people https://t.co/bhV4kU9E62— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 20, 2016
If confirmed, this is the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the Afghan capital.
There have been at least six in Kabul since the start of the New Year.
A rocket landed near the Italian embassy on Sunday, injuring two security guards.
4-way #Afghan peace talks resume in #Kabul https://t.co/RQv3YAZDSC via
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The government is trying to revive a peace process with Taliban insurgents that broke down in July.
Envoys from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US have met in Kabul this week.
They urged the Taliban to join peace talks with the aim of bringing a negotiated end to 15 years of war.
What they are saying
Awful news. Tolo is a beacon of media freedom in Afghanistan, labelled a military target by Taliban https://t.co/BqUzrXwAuI— Katherine Haddon (@khaddon) January 20, 2016
Another day, another blast in Kabul. Such an insult to the so-called peace talks. #Afghanistan— Shuja Rabbani (@ShujaRabbani) January 20, 2016
Suicide bomber kills four near #Russian embassy in Kabul amid international peace talks https://t.co/tW121X6vIx via
sharethis</a></p>— Salih Mohammad Salih (iamsalih) January 20, 2016