8 killed as suicide bomber targets military bus in Kabul

8 killed as suicide bomber targets military bus in Kabul

PanARMENIAN.Net - A suicide bomber killed eight people and wounded 13 on Wednesday, July 2, in an attack on a bus carrying military personnel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials said, according to Reuters.

The explosion happened in the heavily secured downtown area near Kabul University at a time of increasing attacks by the Taliban and other insurgents around Afghanistan, where the outcome of a presidential election is still not known.

At least five of the dead were air force personnel, said Hashmat Stanekzai, a spokesman for Kabul's police chief. Stanekzai said the bus had been the bomber's target.

Heavy fighting is still underway in the strategically important Sangin district of southern Helmand province. Many Afghans fear overall security is deteriorating.

The bulk of NATO troops are due to withdraw this year and Afghan security forces have taken primary responsibility for securing the country.

The violence comes amid heightened political tensions over the disputed second round of the presidential election.

One of the two candidates, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, has complained that extensive vote rigging had taken place to the advantage of his rival, former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani. Results of the second round were to have been released on Wednesday.

With President Hamid Karzai's second term coming to an end, the election is meant to represent the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan's turbulent history.

 Top stories
U.S. Central Command said C-130 transport aircraft had made "multiple" drops of supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq.
The president will aim to show the U.S. public and allies abroad that he is committed to a plan to "degrade" and "destroy" the group.
Cazeneuve said authorities are monitoring a French member of the Islamic State group identified by the U.S. State Department.
The campaign expands upon the airstrikes the United States has been conducting against the militants in Iraq since early August.
Partner news
Soghomon Tehlirian assassinated Talaat Pasha on March 15, 1921

Operation Nemesis was a covert operation by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation carried out from 1920 to 1922, during which a number of former Ottoman political and military figures were assassinated for their role in the Armenian Genocide.