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Grenade targets Taliban vehicle in Kabul: officials

KABUL: A grenade attack on a Taliban vehicle wounded two fighters and four nearby school children in Kabul on Wednesday (20th of October, 2021), officials said.
A probe has been launched to “ind the perpetrators, Taliban interior ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti told the Media, adding two soldiers were wounded after “a grenade was thrown at a mujahideen vehicle in Deh Mazang”.
Another official said: “Our initial information shows four school students wounded.”
The explosion happened just before 8 am (0330 GMT) during rush hour in the Deh Mazang district in the west of Kabul, a witness told the Media.
“I was on my way to work, it was 7.55 am and I heard this very big explosion on the road. I managed to escape,” said Amin Amani.
“I saw a lot of smoke in the mirror of the car and I saw people running,” the 35-year-old translator said.
Images shared on social media showed plumes of smoke and dust rising into the air on the streets of the capital.
Broken glass could be seen at the scene of the blast as security forces stood guard, ushering bystanders away as traffic resumed on the surrounding roads. It may be recalled that Taliban had claimed on 4th of October that they had destroyed an Islamic State cell in the Afghan capital, hours after a suspected IS attack on a mosque killed five people.
The Taliban’s chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said fighters carried out the operation in the north of Kabul on the evening of Sunday (17th of October, 2021).
“As a result of the operation, which was very decisive and successful, the IS center was completely destroyed and all the IS members in it were killed,” Mujahid said on Twitter.
Witnesses and journalists heard blasts and gunfire in the capital at the time of the raid. | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.