Roundup: Suicide attack targets Afghan army personnel bus, Karzai condemns in strongest term
KABUL, May 26 (Xinhua) -- A suicide bomber targeted the bus of Afghan national army personnel in the fortified capital city Kabul, leaving four people including the attacker dead and wounding nine others on Monday.
"A suicide bomber riding an explosive-laden motorbike blew himself up next to a bus of national army personnel at around 03: 15 p.m. local time in Qalai Zaman Khan locality of Kabul today ( Monday) leaving four persons dead and wounding four others," an army officer who was at the site of the violent incident told Xinhua but declined to be named said the authorized officials would brief the media.
However, he confirmed that two of those killed in the blast were women.
The bomber was also killed in the blast, he added.
Meantime, Kabul police chief General Mohammad Zahir in talks with media at the site of the blast confirmed three people injured in the blast but added the exact figure of the casualties would be made public after completion of the investigation.
However, locals at the site said that the casualties could be higher than reported by the officials.
Militancy has been on rise since Taliban launched the so-called spring offensive on May 12 in Afghanistan.
In the meantime, President Hamid Karzai, who is in New Delhi attending the swearing-in ceremony of Indian new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, blamed in a statement released by his office soon after the shocking attack the enemies of Afghanistan for the deadly attack and condemned it in its strongest term.
"The enemies of Afghanistan by conducting such un-Islamic and inhuman coward act would never be able to demoralize our security forces," Karzai said in the statement.
Expressing sympathy with the families of the victims, the president wished early recovery for those sustained injuries in the coward terrorist attack.