Kabul attack: blast kills three in busy street near hospital

This article is over 9 months old Security sources say blast caused by ‘explosive device’ placed in footpath near international hospital At least three people have been killed and 16 wounded by an explosion…

Kabul attack: blast kills three in busy street near hospital

This article is over 9 months old

Security sources say blast caused by ‘explosive device’ placed in footpath near international hospital

At least three people have been killed and 16 wounded by an explosion that tore through a busy Kabul street near a hospital on Monday, according to Afghan officials.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The capital has been hit by numerous attacks in recent months, most of them claimed by the Taliban, a group that has been waging a 17-year war against Afghan and foreign forces.

According to Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, the explosion on Sunday was caused by an improvised explosive device, or IED, placed in a footpath next to the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, a facility at the hospital.

But Afghan officials said the explosion was caused by a bomb hidden in a stroller.

The blast took place just after noon on the main intersection near the site of the Indian embassy, where an earlier car bomb attack killed 10 civilians on 23 March.

A similar attack killed six people and wounded more than 50 two weeks ago.

In January, the Taliban briefly captured government buildings in several Afghan cities, shocking Kabul and showing the strength of a group that appears to be drawing closer to seizing the entire country.

The Taliban says the attack was aimed at foreign forces but security forces, backed by US airstrikes, repulsed the militants.

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