At least 28 people have been killed and more than 327 wounded in Kabul, Afghanistan during a suicide car bombing and an offensive by armed militants, Tuesday morning (IBT). Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack against the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main spy agency which protects high-ranking government officials (NPR). According to Kabul Police Chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi, one attacker detonated an explosive-laden truck next to the government building, allowing the second attacker to engage security forces in a gun battle in the chaotic aftermath (NYT). Soldiers and security officers were among the casualties, but the majority were civilians (BBC).
The Taliban does not normally claim responsibility for attacks with large numbers of civilian casualties; however, it seems to be worth claiming because of the high-profile target (BBC). This attack occurred a week after the Taliban announced the launch of its “Spring Offensive”, warning of large-scale attacks even as government officials tried to negotiate an end to the conflict (Al Jazeera). The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan condemned the violence and stated it may amount to war crimes due to immense suffering to civilians, said the special representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto (AP). The withdrawal of most international combat troops at the end of 2014 has allowed the Taliban insurgency to gain strength, making it the strongest it has been since 2001 (Reuters).
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