A car bomb exploded a police station in Kabul outdoors on Wednesday morning, killing at least 14 individuals and wounding greater than 140. Taliban rebels claimed responsibility for the assault.
The explosion happened after the U.S. and Taliban published improvement in peace speeches in Qatar earlier this week, and was the latest in a sequence of bombings and suicide attacks in Afghanistan.
“Once more a Taliban suicide attack in Kabul targets a civilian area that resulted in harming of so many innocents,” Sediq Sediqqi, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, posted on social media.
“Indiscriminate attacks and intentional Damage to civilians are by no means warranted. We condemn the assault right now in Kabul for which the Taliban claimed accountability,” U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad posted on social media. “The focus needs to be on instantly decreasing violence as we transfer nearer to intra-Afghan negotiations that will produce a political roadmap and a permanent ceasefire.”
The United Nations reported that July was Afghanistan’s deadliest month since 2017, with more than 1,500 civilians killed and injured. Wednesday’s attack has exacerbated fears for safety round presidential elections scheduled for the upcoming month. Last month, vice presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh survived a suicide assault in Kabul.
On Tuesday, the Taliban threatened to disrupt the Sept. 28 elections, which it claims have “no legitimacy.”
The United Nations stated “deep concern” over the Taliban menace. “All citizens — whether or not voters, candidates or election-associated employees — have the suitable to be free from fear, intimidation, and violence at all stages of the course of an election of,” it said in a statement.