At least 24 people were killed and 91 others injured after two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday, AP reported. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blasts, which took place near buildings housing the country’s defence ministry as well as a market and a main intersection, according to Reuters.
Deputy Defence Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Radmanish said the second suicide blast took place as security personnel and civilians were rushing to the site of the first explosion. An interior ministry representative said a district police chief and five other police officers were among those killed. A spokesperson for the public health ministry added that the toll could rise further as reports of more casualties came in. Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks, accusing the militant group of attacking civilian areas as they had “lost their ability to fight the security and defence forces of the country”.
The attacks and Ghani’s statement came a day after the Taliban warned India against its growing military cooperation with the country’s government. The main spokesperson for the group called on New Delhi to “stop exporting items of killing and destruction” to Kabul, Voice of America reported. “This cannot be interpreted as anything other than enmity” with Afghans, the spokesperson said. India has contributed around $2 billion (approximately Rs 13,000 crore) in economic assistance to Afghanistan since the Taliban’s government was removed from power in 2001.