Taliban suicide bomber kill 27 in attack on Afghan Police

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KABUL: Two Taliban suicide bomb­ers killed at least 27 people and wound­ed around 40 in an attack on Thursday on buses carrying recently graduated cadets on the western outskirts of Ka­bul, officials said. 

Three buses were attacked as they approached the capital from neigh­bouring Wardak province, a police of­ficial said, according to preliminary information. 

“Initial information we have is that two suicide bombers were in­volved and there are many casual­ties,” he said, declining to be identi­fied by name. 

An interior ministry official said at least 27 people were killed and 40 wounded. 

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the first attack targeted a bus carrying police cadets and their instructors. Then, as rescuers and emergency services arrived, the sec­ond bomber rammed his car, packed with explosives, into their vehicles, killing dozens. 

The attacks underline the deadly threat to security in Afghanistan just over a week before a Nato summit in Warsaw where leaders are expected to discuss whether to maintain support for the Kabul government. 

Under new leader Mullah Hai­batullah Akhundzada, who took over last month after his predecessor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, was killed in a US drone strike, the Taliban have made clear that they will con­tinue attacks against the Western-backed government. 

The latest suicide bombings come 10 days after an attack on a bus carry­ing Nepali security guards working for the Canadian embassy in Kabul that killed 14 people. 

In April, at least 64 people were killed in a Taliban attack on a security services facility in Kabul in the deadli­est bombing of its kind in Afghanistan since 2011. 

Last week, the top UN official in Afghanistan warned of the danger of a new spiral of violence following recent suicide attacks and a spate of highway kidnappings by the Taliban. 

 

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