Kabul bomb targeting TV employees' bus kills 2 Afghans


KABUL -- At least two Afghans were killed when a bomb exploded on a bus carrying employees of an Afghan television station in Kabul on Sunday (August 4).

The "sticky bomb" -- a type of homemade device often attached to vehicles with magnets -- went off around 5.30pm, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.

A "bus carrying the employees of Khurshid TV exploded in the Taimani area", he said, referring to a bustling neighbourhood in Kabul.

"As a result, a driver and a passerby were killed, and three more -- including two employees of Khurshid TV -- were injured."

Three Khurshid TV employees were injured, including a journalist, said Zabiullah Doorandish, a Khurshid TV journalist.

"We had received a warning recently by the [security services] that the Taliban might target us," he told AFP.

No group immediately claimed responsibility.

The Taliban in June threatened any media outlets broadcasting anti-Taliban advertisements.

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It is Taliban’s new trick. Since there are many issues, such as prisoners’ exchange, peace deal with America, decrease in violence and other issues, so they (Taliban) don’t want to take the responsibility, because people will tell them now that they make peace with infidels and they don’t kill them, and they are really the slaves and mercenaries of foreigners, but they kill their own Muslim brothers. Then what is the response of Taliban to the people in this area?