Kabul truck bomb kills eight and injures 400 near Defence Ministry

The blast took place in the early hours of the morning near a Defence Ministry compound, however all the victims were civilians

Alexandra Sims
Friday 07 August 2015 23:34 BST
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Injured people including children were rushed to hospital for treatment. Some bodies are still thought to be buried in the wreckage
Injured people including children were rushed to hospital for treatment. Some bodies are still thought to be buried in the wreckage (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

A suicide bomber killed dozens of cadets at a Kabul police academy and insurgents struck an area near a US special forces base on Friday in a wave of attacks in the Afghan capital that began with a huge early morning truck bomb explosion.

A bomb hidden in a truck exploded in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least eight people and injuring around 400, police and health official announced today.

Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said that the blast, which took place in the early hours of the morning, happened near a Defence Ministry compound, however all the victims were civilians including woman and children.

The site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan
The site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullha Mayar said flying shards of glass caused by windows in nearby homes being blown apart by the force of the blast are responsible for the majority of injuries.

Injured people, including children, were sent to hospital for treatment. Some bodies are still thought to be buried in the wreckage.

Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb attack
Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb attack (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The target of the blast is not yet known, according to Rahimi and so far no one has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Large truck bombs in the city centre are unusual as trucks are banned from entering Kabul during the daytime, but they are able to enter overnight between 9pm and 5am.

Boy cleans up broken glass near the site of a car bomb attack
Boy cleans up broken glass near the site of a car bomb attack (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The blast comes after the United Nations said on Wednesday that the number of women and children getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan’s war against the Taliban and other insurgent groups is rising.

The number of women casualties in the nearly 14-year conflict has risen by 23 per cent and children by 13 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, according to a new UN report.

Additional reporting by agencies

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