16 dead, over 100 wounded in Taliban bombing in Kabul
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16 dead, over 100 wounded in Taliban bombing in Kabul

Tractor rigged with explosives rips through residential area near compound housing international organizations

An ambulance is pictured outside Wazir Akbar Khan hospital as people wait after a massive explosion the night before in Kabul on September 3, 2019. (WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)
An ambulance is pictured outside Wazir Akbar Khan hospital as people wait after a massive explosion the night before in Kabul on September 3, 2019. (WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

KABUL, Afghanistan — The toll from a massive blast claimed by the Taliban in Kabul has risen to 16 dead — all civilians — with scores more wounded, an official said Tuesday.

Monday night’s attack took place in a residential area near Green Village, a large compound that houses aid agencies and international organizations.

Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the blast was caused by a tractor packed with explosives that had been parked alongside a wall by Green Village.

“Sixteen killed, 119 wounded in last night’s attack,” Rahimi said, noting a search-and-rescue operation had lasted through the night.

Wounded men lie in bed after being treated at Wazir Akbar Khan hospital after a massive explosion the night before in Kabul on September 3, 2019. (WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

Green Village is separate from the nearby Green Zone, a walled-off and heavily fortified part of Kabul that is home to several embassies including the US and British missions.

The Taliban claimed the attack, which came as US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul to discuss a proposed deal that would see the US withdraw troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent security guarantees.

Residents in the area around Green Village were furious that their neighborhood, which has been targeted before, had been hit once again and blamed the international presence.

Locals set tires on fire, sending plumes of thick, acrid smoke into the morning sky, and closed off a main road alongside the scene of the attack.

“We want these foreigners to move out of our neighborhood,” local resident Abdul Jamil told AFP.

“This is not the first time we suffer because of them… We don’t want them here anymore.”

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