KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bomb blast in Kabul on Sunday morning killed 9 people, said the Afghan Interior Ministry.
Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi said to media persons at the site of the attack that the attack wounded around 20 others, including a member of parliament, Khan Mohammad Wardak. He said the lawmaker was in “good condition.”
Further, The interior minister said that the casualty toll could rise further.
The car bomb blast happened while the lawmakers convey was passing through an intersection in Kabul’s Khoshal Khan neighborhood. The blast set afire surrounding civilian vehicles, as well as damaging nearby buildings and shops.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
In a statement condemning the attack, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that the Taliban should stop violence against civilians and accept a ceasefire, to facilitate the current peace process.
Ghani’s statement did not directly lay blame on the Taliban for Saturday’s attack or offer evidence that the group was responsible for it.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks in the capital of Kabul in recent months, including on educational institutions that killed 50 people, most of them students.
IS also claimed responsibility for Saturday’s rocket attacks at the major U.S. base in Afghanistan. There were no casualties in that assault, according to NATO and provincial officials.
A NATO official confirmed the attack and said initial reports indicated that the airfield was not damaged.
In another report from the southern Helmand province, the Afghan Defense Ministry in a statement confirmed that a suicide car bomber tried to attack an army checkpoint, but was identified and shot by soldiers.