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April 2016 Kabul attack
Part of War in Afghanistan (2001–2021), Operation Omari
Location Kabul, Afghanistan
Coordinates 34°33′19″N 69°12′27″E / 34.5553°N 69.2075°E / 34.5553; 69.2075Coordinates: 34°33′19″N 69°12′27″E / 34.5553°N 69.2075°E / 34.5553; 69.2075
Date 19 April 2016
Target Government employees
Attack type
Mass murder, suicide bombing
Weapons Bomb, guns
Deaths 71 (64; 7)†
Non-fatal injuries
367+ (347; 20+)†
Perpetrators Taliban
† First number in brackets: primary attack
Second number in brackets: attack on broadcaster


On the morning of 19 April 2016, Taliban militants attacked a security team responsible for protecting government VIPs in Kabul, Afghanistan. The initial attack killed 64 people and wounded 347. It was their biggest attack on an urban area since 2001.[1][2][3]

Bombings

Local broadcaster TOLOnews reported that the attack involved a suicide bomber detonating a vehicle laden with "hundreds of kilograms of explosives" and the militants then making their way into the compound of "Department 10" of the National Directorate of Security (NDS)[2] and opening fire. The bomb that detonated caused a ceiling to collapse in a classroom where elite intelligence officers were being trained. An Afghan security official said members of that unit accounted for about half of the people killed.[4] The local broadcast station said that a two-hour gun battle ensued between the militants and security forces.[5][6]

Developments

Sediq Sediqi, a spokesman for the Afghani Interior Ministry, said that despite the target, most of the victims were civilians.[1] Ismail Kawasi, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, said that 327 wounded have been brought to area hospitals.[1] On 20 April 2016, Sediqi confirmed in a tweet that 64 "innocent Afghans" were killed and 347 wounded.[7]

Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.[6] He said as many as 92 security staff and soldiers were killed.[2] It came after the group announced its annual ‘spring offensiveOperation Omari.[6]

Reactions

Domestic

President Ashraf Ghani issued a statement saying that the attack proved that the Taliban were growing weak and therefore resorting to asymmetric warfare.[1] Shortly after the attack, women's rights activist Wazhma Frogh wrote on Twitter that the attacks took place near schools and that parents were attempting to protect their children.[6]

Some parliamentarians strongly condemned President Ashraf Ghani for failing to provide security from the terrorist attacks.[4]

International

Supranational unions

Countries

  •  India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that his condolences and that his prayers were with those affected by the attacks.[9][10]
  •  Turkey: Foreign Ministry statemented condemning the attack, they expressed condolences. In addition, they told they supported the Government of Afghanistan for the fight against terrorism.[11]
  • United States: White House spokesman Josh Earnest called for the Taliban to cease activities that harmed civilians, and to instead ‘pursue a pathway of peace’.[8] The Embassy of the United States, Kabul said the attack underscored the harm the Taliban continued to inflict on the Afghan people.[2]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Faiez, Rahim. "Dozens Killed in Taliban Attack on Afghan Security Agency". http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/afghan-official-suicide-attack-gunfire-kabul-38498911. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Smith, Josh (19 April 2016). "Afghan Taliban kill at least 28 in major attack in central Kabul". Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast-idUSKCN0XG0BO. 
  3. "Suicide car bomber attacks heart of Afghanistan's Kabul". Al Jazeera English. 19 April 2016. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/afghanistan-large-explosion-heard-kabul-160419043655563.html. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Craig, Tim; Salahuddin, Sayed (2016-04-20). "As Kabul death toll rises, fears also boosted of more powerful Taliban bombs" (in en-US). ISSN 0190-8286. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/as-kabul-death-toll-rises-fears-also-boosted-of-more-powerful-taliban-bombs/2016/04/20/19de8686-06fd-11e6-a12f-ea5aed7958dc_story.html. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Onyanga-Omara, Jane. "Officials: At least 28 dead, over 300 wounded in Kabul attack". http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/04/19/reports-taliban-wounds-200-kabul-attack/83220160/. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "Dozens die in Afghanistan as Taliban attack". CNN. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/19/asia/kabul-explosion/. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 
  7. "Afghanistan attack: Kabul suicide blast deaths rise to 64 - BBC News" (in en-GB). http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36091046. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Press, Associated (2016-04-19). "The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Taliban attack" (in en-US). ISSN 0190-8286. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/the-latest-taliban-launches-attack-on-afghan-govt-agency/2016/04/19/5cac171a-0605-11e6-bfed-ef65dff5970d_story.html. 
  9. "PM Narendra Modi condemns terror attack in Kabul". http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/pm-narendra-modi-condemns-terror-attack-in-kabul/articleshow/51894145.cms. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  10. "Modi condemns Kabul blast". http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/modi-condemns-kabul-blast-116041900524_1.html. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  11. "Press Release Regarding the Suicide Attack Perpetrated in Kabul". TR Ministry of Foreign Affairs. http://www.mfa.gov.tr/no_-95_-19-april-2016_-press-release-regarding-the-suicide-attack-perpetrated-in-kabul.en.mfa. Retrieved 19 April 2016. 


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