Deadly Suicide Bombing Hits Police Convoy In Kabul
Taliban suicide car bombers struck a police convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Thursday, with reports saying at least 30 security personnel were killed.
The convoy was transporting cadets and trainers when it came under attack. Afghan officials confirmed there were back-to-back blasts.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi said authorities were gathering details and promised to share them soon.
Eyewitnesses told VOA they saw police personnel evacuating dead and wounded.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing. In a statement sent to reporters, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-filed car into the convoy.
Mujahid added, a second bomber then struck police officers who had gathered around the site of the first blast. He claimed the attacks killed dozens of Afghan security personnel
Hundreds of IS Fighters Killed in Airstrikes
Airstrikes have killed at least 250 Islamic State fighters in Iraq, both Iraqi and U.S. officials reported Thursday.
The airstrikes hit around 40 Islamic State vehicles just south of Fallujah, a former Islamic State stronghold liberated by U.S.-led Iraqi coalitions last week.
These airstrikes mark the deadliest attack against the jihadist group, though officials warn their morale does not seem to be damaged, despite territorial losses.
Syrian forces have also made strides this week in regaining control of Islamic State held towns near Iraq which have effectively erased the border for jihadist fighters, making transportation and coordination easier in what Islamic State has declared its "caliphate" of the two countries.
After succeeding in their month-long coalition to seize control of Fallujah, Iraqi forces will work to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, from jihadist control.