Trump condemns Taliban massacre in Kabul

Violet Powell
January 30, 2018

- The bomb attack came a week after Taliban insurgents stormed the city's Intercontinental Hotel, killing at least 25 people, majority foreigners.

The attack took place near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy in Kabul wherein a suicide bomber denoted himself and then gunmen opened heavy fire on an army unit.

Over the past year, about 10,000 of the country's security forces have been killed and more than 16,000 others wounded, according to a senior Afghan government official.

Last Saturday, six Taliban militants attacked the Intercontinental Hotel, leaving 22 people dead, including 14 foreigners.

The Afghan minister of interior Wais Ahmad Barmak says the death toll from yesterday's suicide attack has climbed to at least 103 people.

While militants claiming allegiance to ISIL operate in mountains in the eastern province of Nangarhar, little is known about the group and many analysts question whether they are exclusively responsible for the attacks they have claimed in Kabul and elsewhere.

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As Afghanistan mourned another deadly attack Sunday - one that raises questions about the potential for stability in the region - a top American general says U.S. victory in Afghanistan is still a possibility.

The attacker used an ambulance to get through a security checkpoint in central Kabul, telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital, said Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson for the interior ministry.

Afghanistan has been gripped by a spate of deadly attacks over the past two week.

The resident said additional smaller blasts could be heard at frequent intervals following the larger explosions.

Trump has committed to stepping up the US military's engagement in Afghanistan, pledging thousands more USA troops without setting deadlines.

Security forces have blocked off all roads in the area, Afghan media outlet Tolo said. The assault, which left two dead and 12 injured, was later claimed by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group.

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