3 dead, 112 injured in Kabul car bomb attack

  • 07/08/2015

A powerful blast has struck downtown Kabul, killing at least three people and wounding 112 others.

Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said the blast was caused by a car bomb, but the target was not immediately clear.

The health ministry said the 112 wounded have been taken to hospital.

"The wounded are trickling into city hospitals... the casualty toll is expected to rise," said health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes as the Taliban intensify their summer offensive.

Taliban insurgents killed nine people in multiple attacks on police targets in southern and eastern Afghanistan on Thursday (local time).

They were the first major assaults since last week's announcement of leader Mullah Omar's death.

The attacks highlight growing insecurity amid a faltering peace process with the Taliban as Afghan forces face their first summer fighting season without full NATO support.