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Mon Jul 1, 2019, 05:46 AM

Powerful Bomb Blast Rocks Afghan Capital, Scores Wounded

Source: AP

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful bomb blast rocked the Afghan capital early Monday, rattling windows, sending smoke billowing from Kabul's downtown area and wounding at least 65 people, including nine children hurt by flying glass, officials said.

The Taliban claimed the attack, which came as the insurgents were holding their latest round of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where they have a political office.

The explosion occurred as the streets in the capital were packed with morning commuters. Officials and police were at the scene of the blast and few details were available. Ambulance sirens screamed throughout the downtown area.

Mohammad Karim, a police official in the area of the attack, said a car bomb exploded outside a Defense Ministry building. Militants then ran into a nearby high-rise located in a crowded market and began firing down on the ministry. Police and special Afghan security forces poured into the area and cordoned it off.

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2019-07-01/powerful-explosion-rocks-afghan-capital-kabul

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Mon Jul 1, 2019, 06:53 AM

1. Never ending war

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Mon Jul 1, 2019, 07:44 AM

2. All we need now

is yet another war, this time in Iran.

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Mon Jul 1, 2019, 07:53 PM

3. The Taliban has launched a major attack in Afghanistan's capital

Source: Vox Media

The Taliban has launched a major attack in Afghanistan’s capital

It came as the US and the insurgent group are engaged in peace talks.

By Alex Ward @AlexWardVox Updated Jul 1, 2019, 3:10pm EDT

An attack on Monday by the Taliban in Afghanistan has killed roughly 40 people — including children — and injured around 100 more. It’s a stunning reminder of how bad the situation in the country remains after nearly two decades of war and relatively little attention paid by President Donald Trump and 2020 Democrats.

The Taliban took responsibility for a multifaceted strike in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, which included a car bomb and a lengthy gun fight. A private war museum, a television station, schools, and sports agencies were damaged by the Taliban’s blast.

Nooria Nazhat, the spokesperson for Afghanistan’s ministry of education, told the New York Times that at least 51 students were wounded when the car bomb that initiated the attack at rush hour damaged two school buildings.

That’s tragic, not least because just two days earlier Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib tweeted, “Our youngest citizens have the most to gain from peace and security.”

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Read more: https://www.vox.com/world/2019/7/1/20677249/afghanistan-kabul-explosion-taliban-attack

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