Taliban claims responsibility for Kabul blast

By Xinhua,

Kabul : Taliban militants fighting the Afghan government have claimed responsibility for the bomb blast that left two police dead and injured Ali Shah Paktiawal, the deputy to inspector general of Kabul police on Wednesday.

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Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for militants told media that Taliban loyalists detonated a mine this morning killing five police constables and wounding Paktiawal.

“Taliban fighters, after attacking and killing three policemen in the 5th precinct of Kabul last night, planted a mine and when the investigating team under Paktiawal reached the area for inspection, we detonated it killing five police and wounding Paktiawal,” Taliban’s purported spokesman asserted.

However, locals at the site of the incident disputed the Taliban claim, adding two police were killed and Paktiawal was slightly injured.

Earlier, a police official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that it occurred at around 9 a.m. (GMT0430) when a police team led by Ali Shah Paktiawal was searching in the area and struck by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attack.

“At least two policemen were killed on the spot and two more were injured,” he said.

Ali Shah Paktiawal, the head of the Criminal Investigation Department of Kabul police, is the highest police official that has been targeted by militants over the past three years.

Previously, Taliban militants by carrying out a bomb attack killed Kabul police chief Khakrizwal and several others when he attended a memorial service in his home province Kandahar some three years ago.

As a change of tactics, Taliban insurgents and their al-Qaida allies have restored roadside bombing and suicide attacks against interests of government and international troops.

A similar roadside bombing by Taliban militants claimed the life of Abdullah Wardak of Logar province near the Afghan capital city Kabul on Sept. 13.

Conflicts and spiraling insurgency have claimed the lives of over 4,000 people with around 1,445 civilians so far this year in the war-torn country.