Two bombings near government offices in Afghanistan’s capital, close to the gates of the American University of Afghanistan killed at least 38 people. Civilians and military personnel are among the dead, officials said.
At least 72 people were wounded in the attack, Public Health Ministry official Mohibullah Zeer said.
“We’ve seen the reports of the explosions in Kabul this afternoon and we’re monitoring the situation closely. We condemn any attack that seeks to undermine the Afghanistan government and undermine the government’s efforts to create a peaceful, stable, secure Afghanistan,” Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, a U.S. military spokesman in Kabul, told Fox News.
A suicide bomber struck first, followed by a car bomb, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said, adding that four police officers were among those killed.
The Taliban, waging a 15-year war against the U.S.-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack, which unfolded near government and legislative offices.
Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber struck in the southern Helmand province, killing at least seven people, said Gen. Agha Noor Kemtoz, the provincial police chief. The target of the attack was a guesthouse used by a provincial intelligence official in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, he said.
Those killed included civilian and military personnel, and six others were wounded in the attack, Kemtoz said. A car full of explosives turned up nearby.
No one claimed responsibility for the Helmand attack, but it bore the hallmarks of the Taliban.
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