KABUL (Dispatches) – Kabul has been hit by a wave of deadly violence in recent months despite the Taliban and government engaging in talks to end the country’s long conflict.
Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi said the attack targeted Afghan lawmaker Khan Mohammad Wardak, who survived the blast but is among the injured.
It is unclear whether the explosive was planted in a car parked on the lawmaker’s route or if a vehicle with the bomb was being driven by a bomber, Andarabi said.
Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said casualties included women and children.
A security source said the car bomb detonated in the west of the capital, and a health ministry official also confirmed the blast.
"It was a powerful explosion that has caused a lot of damage to houses in the vicinity,” the source said.
Television footage showed at least two cars on fire, with plumes of thick black smoke billowing into the sky.
Similarly, a roadside bomb struck a police van in the eastern Jalalabad city, the capital of Nangarhar province, at 10:00 a.m. local time Sunday, injuring three policemen, provincial police spokesman Farid Khan said.
On the same way, a magnetic bomb ripped through a car in Baharak district of northern Badakhshan province at around 02:00 p.m. local time Sunday, injuring four people including a police officer and three civilians, police spokesman in the province Sanahullah Rohani has confirmed.
No group has so far claimed responsibility. The Daesh terrorist group has claimed responsibility for some of the recent attacks in the capital.
Civilians bear the brunt of war in Afghanistan as 28 persons including women and children have lost their lives and 47 others injured in bomb blasts in the conflict-battered country over the past three days.
Dozens of people, mostly students, were killed when Daesh attacked two education centers, including one at Kabul University that saw gunmen open fire on classrooms.
The group has also claimed a series of recent rocket attacks.
On Saturday five rockets were fired at Bagram Airfield, a major U.S. airbase north of Kabul. That attack was also claimed by the Daesh group.
Sunday’s car bomb comes just two days after 15 children were killed and many more wounded when a motorbike laden with explosives blew up near a religious gathering in a remote part of Ghazni, officials said, blaming the Taliban.
2,117 civilians were killed and 3,822 injured from January 1 to September 30 this year, according to a report of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released in October.
"Although the militants deny their involvements in the deadly attacks on civilians, the extremist groups would continue to terrorize the people by organizing deadly bombings including suicide attacks to terrorize the people,” a local observer Khan Mohammad Daneshjo told Xinhua.