At least 49 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a huge car explosion in Kabul city, close to the Indian embassy in the diplomatic area. The windows and doors of the Indian Embassy building have been partly damaged following the explosion. Today’s blast is the latest in a long list of attacks that have happened in Kabul over the recent years. A huge plume of smoke could be seen rising in the area. Eye-witness images showed cars heavily damaged and people being rescued by emergency services.
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Here is a timeline of all the major attacks that have happened in Kabul over past one year:
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.