Kabul blast: A timeline of major attacks in the Afghan capital in recent years

The blast on January 27 – one of the biggest since a truck bomb ripped through the Afghan capital’s diplomatic quarter on May 31 last year – led to chaotic scenes as panic-stricken people fled the area where several high-profile organisations, including the European Union, have offices.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: January 27, 2018 9:21:52 pm
Kabul blast: A timeline of major attacks in the Afghan capital in recent years A wounded man is assisted at the site of an explosion in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (AP Photo)

At least 95 people were killed and 158 others injured after an ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area near a police checkpoint close to foreign embassies and official government buildings on Saturday. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack  Today’s blast is the latest in a long list of attacks that have happened in Kabul over the recent years.

Here is a timeline of all the major attacks that have happened in Kabul in the recent past:

January 24, 2018: Militants stormed an office of the Save the Children aid agency in the Afghan city of Jalalabad on and battled security forces who surrounded the building, wounding at least 11 people. The attack began with a suicide car bomb outside the office, followed by gunmen entering the compound and battling Afghan special forces, a spokesman for the government in the eastern province said

January 21, 2018:  A raid by the Taliban on a high end hotel in Kabul had killed at least 20 people, including 13 foreigners. A fierce gunfight had followed between gunmen and security forces.

March 8, 2017: A group of gunmen attacked the Sardar Daud Khan Military hospiotal in Kabul, Afghanistan. Over 49 people were killed in the assault, while 63 others were injured. The Islamic State claimed to have carried out the attack, but officials suspected the Haqqani network instead.

Jan 10, 2017 – More than 30 people were killed and dozens injured after twin suicide blasts near the Afghan Parliament. Interior ministry officials pointed at Talibani involvement in the attack. Most of the deaths were reported from the bus in which several civilians were travelling.

November 21, 2016 – More than 30 people were killed after a suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in the city. President Ashraf Ghani called it an ‘unforgivable crime’. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

September 5, 2016: In a twin suicide bombing near Afghan defense ministry, over 41 people were killed and 103 people were injured. The Taliban claimed responsibility for first attack and said that their suicide bomber killed 58 people.

July 23, 2016 – In one of the deadliest attacks in the city, more than 90 people lost their lives when protesters, belonging to the Hazara ethnic group, were targeted by terrorists. The Taliban denied its role in the attack. *just do the major ones* April 19, 2016 – Officers of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were targeted by terrorists during a training session. While some of the security officers were killed, many of the 70 deaths were of civilians. Several countries like India and the US condemned the attack.

May 3, 2016: Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital, Kabul, that killed eight civilians in an attack on a convoy of NATO armored personnel vehicles.

April 19, 2016 – Officers of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were targeted by terrorists during a training session. While some of the security officers were killed, many of the 70 deaths were of civilians. Several countries like India and the US condemned the attack.

February 1, 2016: Bomb blast near Kabul police complex killed 20 police officers. A statement from a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the bomber had targeted the complex as a large group of police officers was leaving.

January 20, 2016: A Taliban suicide car bomber targeted a minibus used by private Afghan television channel, killing seven people.

December 11, 2015 – A guesthouse near the Spanish Embassy was targeted by terrorists in Kabul when a car bomb was detonated. Two Spanish nationals and four Afghan nationals lost their lives in the attack. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Taliban.

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