8 killed in car bomb near Russian Embassy in Kabul
Updated: 2016-01-21 09:33
Afghan policemen and fire-fighters inspect the wreckage of a bus that was hit by a suicide bomb attack, in an area near the Russian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan January 20, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]
KABUL - At least eight people were killed and 27 others wounded after a suicide car bomb rocked near the Russian Embassy in the western part of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, witnesses and sources said.
The attacker targeted a minibus carrying local media workers,Kabul Police Chief General Abdul Rahman Rahimi told reporters.
Seven civilians, including two women, died in addition to the bomber on the spot while 25 civilians wounded as a result of the explosion,Rahimi said citing initial information.
The number of casualties may change as the victims were shifted into different hospitals,Rahimi noted.
The suicide blast occurred at around 05:10 p.m. (1240) along Dar-ul-Aman road. The attacker rammed his sedan into a minibus running along the four-line road, witness Jamal Formuli told Xinhua.
Some bystanders were among the casualties. The number of people aboard the targeted bus was not immediately clear.
Security forces have cordoned off the area for precautionary measures.
The Criminal Investigation Department of Afghan National Police launched an investigation into the incident.
Unofficial sources said the bus belongs to Kabora, a local media production. They said no member of the Russian Embassy was hurt in the attack.
No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack.
The blast came months after the Taliban militants announced some private TV channels as their targets over what they said releasing of imbalanced reports and siding with the government.
- Railway police nab 40,315 fugitives in 2015
- China issues blue alert for snow storms
- Blast in firework factory leaves four missing, four injured
- Struggles of a Shanxi coal mine owner in bleak industry winter
- China launches system to check authenticity of living buddhas
- China sees rising online fraud in 2015: report
- 2015 Earth's hottest year on record: US agencies
- 8 killed in car bomb near Russian Embassy in Kabul
- Researchers find possible ninth planet beyond Neptune
- Former US VP candidate Palin endorses Trump with a 'hallelujah'
- Gunmen kill at least 19 after storming Pakistan university
- Hollande makes last-chance push to curb French unemployment