Huge blast rocks airport in Afghan capital

Woman and child among at least four confirmed dead in suicide car bombing outside Kabul airport

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People help casualties at the site of a car bomb blast at the entrance gate to the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

At least four people were killed and 17 wounded when a car bomb exploded near Afghanistan’s Kabul airport on Monday.

The blast took place just after midday local time (07:30 GMT) outside an airport checkpoint, reportedly targeting two armoured vehicles, a security official told Reuters.

According to Kabul police chief Sayed Gul Agha Rouhani, the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

A woman and a child were among those killed, Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Maya said.

Both civilians and security forces are reported to be among the injured, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish. "It was a crowded area,” he said.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but the bombing comes after previous attacks during the past week that killed at least 50 people in the country.

One of the three attacks on Friday was claimed by the militant Taliban group. At least 20 police recruits were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a police academy.

Following that attack, eleven people, including a NATO soldier, were killed when armed militants opened fire on a NATO base near Kabul airport later the same day.

Fifteen people were also killed on Friday morning in a separate attack on an army base in Kabul’s Shah Shahid district.


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