Car bombs kill 21 near Kabul's American University

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  • Taliban claim they were targeting members of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency
  • Second blast happened after police arrived to help victims of the first, police say

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blasts, which officials said happened on a road near the parliament compound as well as the private American University of Afghanistan in Kabul.

Besides the 31 dead, 45 others were injured, said Saleem Rasooli, head of Kabul hospitals. Video distributed by Reuters showed numerous armed security personnel standing near the scene.

The violence began when a suicide attacker on foot detonated a bomb near the van, Afghan Inner surface Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said. The second blast came through a vehicle in which exploded when police arrived to help victims, said Ahmad Wali, a Kabul district police chief.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the Taliban were targeting members of the Afghanistan’s intelligence agency.

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The blasts happened inside late afternoon on Darulaman Road, according to the university.

The university was at least indirectly affected by attacks as well as kidnappings by Taliban-linked insurgents last year.

In August, two teachers — an American as well as an Australian — were abducted near the school. Days later, a rescue attempt by US Special Operations forces through SEAL Team 6 failed when the teachers were not found at the targeted location.
Three weeks after the kidnappings, gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed the campus as well as killed 12 people, including students, security guards as well as police.

The American University of Afghanistan opened in 2006. in which’s the only private, nonprofit, coed university in in which country as well as has about 1,700 full- as well as part-time students. The school can be regarded as a symbol of cooperation between Afghanistan as well as the United States.

Car bombs kill 21 near Kabul's American University

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