KABUL: On Wednesday, a suicide bomber cause to death eight people and injured 13 in an attack on a bus carrying military personnel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials stated.
The blast occurred in the heavily secured downtown area near Kabul University at a time of increasing attempts by the Taliban and other insurgents around Afghanistan, where the result of a presidential election is still not recognized.
Five of the dead were air force personnel, stated Hashmat Stanekzai, a spokesman for Kabul’s police chief. Stanekzai stated the bus had been the bomber’s target.
The bulk of NATO troops is due to retire this year and Afghan security forces have assumed primary responsibility for fixing the nation.
One of the two nominees, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, has complained that extensive vote rigging had taken place to the advantage of his challenger, former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani.
President Hamid Karzai’s second term coming to an end, the election is meant to symbolize the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s turbulent history.