At least 25 killed in Kabul suicide attack: officials

Suicide attack

KABUL: At least 25 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck an education centre in Kabul Wednesday, officials said, the latest assault in Afghanistan´s war-weary capital.
“We can confirm the attack was caused by a suicide bomber on foot. The bomber detonated himself inside the education centre,” police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said.
The spokesmen for the interior ministry and health ministries confirmed that at least 25 people were killed and 35 injured.
There was no immediately claim of responsibility for the attack. The Taliban quickly denied they were involved.
Meanwhile, Afghan forces appeared to have finally pushed Taliban fighters from the strategic city of Ghazni on Wednesday, as shopkeepers and residents warily returned to the streets after days of intense ground fighting and US airstrikes.
Security forces were on patrol and no militants were in sight in the centre of the shattered city, with fighting seeming to have ceased.
But despite the successful clearing operation, the Taliban appeared to have scored a military and psychological victory against Kabul, proving they have the strength to strike a strategically vital city near the capital at will and remain entrenched there for days.
As shopkeepers swept away ashes and began repairing their burned stores, warnings that the militants still lurked nearby stoked fears that the battle could flare again.
Afghan troops backed by US air support have struggled to push the Taliban from Ghazni, which lies just two hours south of Kabul by road, since the assault began late Thursday.– Agencies


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