Kabul: 14 dead after explosion inside bus, first attack since beginning of Ramzan

Kabul bus blast: Several casualties are feared in the explosion and ambulances have been rushed to the spot.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2016 10:34:18 am
Afghan security forces inspect the damage of a minibus that was hit by a suicide attacker at the site of the incident in Kabul, Afghanistan June 20, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani Afghan security forces inspect the damaged minibus that was hit by a suicide attacker in Kabul, Afghanistan. Reuters/Omar Sobhani

At least 14 Nepalese security guards were killed on Monday when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted their minibus in the Afghan capital, a government official said.

Interior Minister spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said that eight others were wounded in the attack, and that police were working to identify the nationalities of the victims, the Associated Press reported.

“The suicide bomber targeted a minibus of security guards of a foreign company, right now we are working to identify the nationalities of the victims,” said Sediqqi.

But a police official told The Associated Press that the 14 dead were Nepalese citizens working as security guards for the private company that was attacked.

The official, who did not want to give his name as he was not authorised to speak to the media, said the wounded included four Afghan civilians.

This is the first attack in Kabul since the start of holy fasting month of Ramadan on June 6. The last attack in the Afghan capital on April 19 left 64 dead and more than 340 wounded.

With inputs from agencies. An earlier version of this story put the death toll at 20.
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