Minister offers condolences on bomb that killed 90 in Kabul

Elias Hubbard
June 2, 2017

The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack, but the Afghan intelligence service said a Pakistani group that is aligned with the Taliban carried out the attack, CNN reported.

Talking exclusively to India Today, Afghanistan Interior Ministry spokesperson Sediq Siddiqui said role of Pakistan's ISI has been established in Kabul explosion.

No group has so far claimed the powerful blast, which officials said was caused by 1,500 kilograms (1.6 USA tons) of explosives hidden inside a sewage tanker, in what appeared to be a major intelligence failure.

Afghanistan has long accused Pakistan of supporting and sheltering Haqqani and Taliban elites and fighters.

Pakistan and Afghanistan were to play two Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) matches and a bilateral series as well. He condemned what he called an attack on "those who are in Afghanistan, working with the people there for a better future".

In the wake of the latest Kabul attack, Afghanistan has cancelled friendly matches including initially agreed terms of mutual cricketing relationship with Pakistan.

The Kabul bombing was one of the deadliest in the country's history, and occurred just as the traditional Afghan fighting season and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began.

A government source said the charter flight was scrapped because diplomatic and consular staff, "so shortly after the attack, have more important things to do than to deal with organizational matters". Mohammed Nazir, a driver for BBC Afghan, died in the blast.

Windows in the Indian Embassy were shattered.

Meanwhile, some people are still missing after the blast and families are searching for news about loved ones in local hospitals.

"Every morning when I leave my house, I'm not sure whether I will come back home alive", said Najibullah Jan, another shopkeeper whose store is located near the blast site. Others congregated outside the nearby Italian-run Emergency Hospital.

He added that Kabul expects Islamabad to act against the Haqqani network while expressing fears of more such attacks in the country.

"People are complaining about the government also". "We strongly condemn the terrorist blast in Kabul". The attack left a scene of mayhem and destruction in the Afghan capital.

Australia announced this week it will send an additional 30 military advisers to train Afghan troops and expected other countries to increase their contributions to the restive Central Asian country.

Early on Thursday a soldier died when a suicide bomber targeted a security checkpoint near the airport in Jalalabad.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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