KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The loss of life toll in a strong suicide truck bomb assault that struck a guesthouse in jap Afghanistan has risen to 21 with as many as 90 injured, officers mentioned on Saturday.
Nobody instantly claimed accountability for Friday night time’s bombing in Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar province. There was no indication as to why the guesthouse had been focused. In Afghanistan, visitor homes are lodging usually supplied freed from cost by the federal government, often for the poor, vacationers and college students.
The Inside Ministry rapidly blamed the Taliban. There was no speedy response from the Taliban.
The assault befell on the eve of the official date set for the beginning of the ultimate withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan. The Taliban, which had demanded that each one US troops withdraw from Afghanistan by Could 1, provided no ensures for the protection of the troops initially.
There was no indication that the bombing was linked to the withdrawal and there have been no US or NATO troops in Logar province.
Hasib Stanikzai, head of the Logar Provincial Council, mentioned that on the time of the assault, a gaggle of native police have been staying on the guesthouse, awaiting transport to return house. Different rooms have been occupied by college students from extra distant districts who had traveled to the provincial capital for college entrance exams.
Inside Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian mentioned the assault was below investigation and the roof of the guesthouse collapsed within the blast. There have been fears the our bodies may very well be trapped below the rubble, he mentioned.
After 20 years, Washington ends its “battle endlessly” in Afghanistan. As of Saturday, the final 2,500 to three,500 remaining American troops will start to go away the nation, to be fully withdrawn by September 11 on the newest.
The withdrawal comes amid the resurgence of the Taliban, who management or dominate greater than half of Afghanistan.