Afghan Taliban deny involvement in Kabul bombing
KABUL - The Afghan Taliban group in Afghanistan rejected the involvement of the group in today’s suicide attack which apparently targeted a gathering support of Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor.
Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the group has no links with the explosion which took place in Khair Khana area of the city today.
The incident took place at around 1:45 pm local time after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a wedding hall.
A security official said the suicide bomber detonated his explosives as people were coming out of the hotel after participating in a political gathering.
The source speaking on the condition of anonymity said the gathering was organized in support of Ata Mohammad Noor, the provincial governor of Balkh and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami.
The source further added that at least eighteen people were killed and ten others were wounded in the attack.
However, the Kabul police officials are saying that nine people including policemen were killed and around nine others were wounded.
The ministry of public health officials had earlier said that two people were killed and four others were wounded in the attack.
No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.