At least 89 dead in Afghanistan car bomb attack

Afghan Taliban distance themselves from attack, which took place in the Paktika province, close to North Waziristan.

Reuters July 15, 2014

GARDEZ: A car packed with explosives exploded on Tuesday as it sped through a crowded market in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktika, killing at least 89 people, officials said, one of the most violent attacks in the country in a year.

The huge explosion took place not far from the porous border with Pakistan's North Waziristan region, where the military has been attacking hideouts of the Taliban in the past few weeks, prompting militants to retreat towards Afghanistan.

"The number of victims may increase," said General Zahir Azimi, a defence ministry spokesman.

The attack comes at an uneasy time in Afghanistan as the country recounts votes from a disputed presidential election which the Taliban have vowed to disrupt.

But the Taliban distanced themselves from Tuesday's attack.

The movement's leader have ordered militants not to target civilians. "The truth behind this attack will become clear after an investigation, but we clearly announce that it was not done by the Mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan," Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement. "The Mujahedeen do not conduct such attacks and such attacks do not bring any benefit to them."

A local deputy police chief, Nissar Ahmad Abdulrahimzai, told Reuters that police had been tipped about the car and were chasing it when it exploded. "The explosion was so big it destroyed many shops.

Dozens of people are trapped under the roofs," Mohammad Raza Kharoti, the district governor, told Reuters. "The number of wounded will rise to more than 100 and the number of those martyred will also increase."

In Kabul, a remote control bomb concealed by a roadside killed two employees of President Hamid Karzai's media office and wounded five, police said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

The attacks took place as foreign troops are gradually withdrawing from the country. The United Nations said last week civilian casualties jumped by almost a quarter in the first half of this year as hostilities escalate.



Safwan | 8 years ago | Reply

@James In short, we DON'T. We know our history and heritage very well and we are proud of it. my advice would be, watch less anti Pakistan videos uploaded by Indian users. PS once for all, no one is going to merge with anyone.

James | 8 years ago | Reply

@Safwan: Doesn't Pakistan claim to be linked to Arab ancestry,thereby disowning any linkage to Indus valley.Afghanistan as a nation has existed longer than Pakistan,so if you do merge prepare to change Pakistan to Afghanistan

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