Afghan mayhem: 48 die in Taliban assaults

Afghan mayhem: 48 die in Taliban assaults

Agency News

Kabul, Jul 25 : At least 48 people, including 37 Afghan security personnel, were killed and 45 wounded in overnight assaults by Taliban militants, the Ministry of Public Health confirmed on Thursday.

The attack comes at a time when the US Department of Defence announced that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joe Dunford was in Afghanistan to take the pulse of the operations.

Wafiullah Amin, provincial council chief of Takhar, confirmed that Taliban militants attacked the security check posts in Eshkamish district around midnight. The attack claimed the lives of 37 security personnel including 24 public order policemen and 13 national police soldiers.

Amin described negligence and lack of preparedness as the main reasons behind the casualties. This comes as Taliban militants have stepped up attacks across the country in a bid to gain more privileges in ongoing peace talks.

The first blast on Thursday morning occurred when a suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a bus carrying employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum in Macrorayan-e-Kohna area in the city of Kabul, killing eight employees including five women and a child and wounding 16 others.

'First, a magnetic bomb embedded to a bus exploded, then a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the bus,' Interior ministry spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi said adding that the third blast was a car bombing near the industrial park in PD9 of Kabul.

Taliban have claimed responsibility for the third blast and claimed that they targeted a convoy of the foreign troops.

This comes as six women and a child were killed in a roadside mine blast in eastern Nangarhar province and four were wounded. The blast took place while the women wanted to participate at the wedding party in Khogyani district of the province.(UNI)