Suicide Bombing Claims Three Lives in Kandahar, Afghanistan

At least three individuals lost their lives and 12 others sustained injuries in a suicide bombing outside a bank in Kandahar city, Afghanistan. Local police and officials reported the event.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack via its Telegram channel on Thursday.

The suicide bombing explosion occurred around 8:00 am local time. It targeted a gathering of people outside the New Kabul Bank branch in the central part of Kandahar city.

According to both local police and Taliban officials, three individuals were killed and 12 were wounded in the attack. However, a source at a major hospital in the city revealed a much higher casualty toll. It stated that 20 people had been killed since the morning due to the blast.

Inamullah Samangani, the director of information and culture for Kandahar province, stated that the bank was crowded with individuals collecting their salaries when the explosion occurred, emphasizing that the victims were civilians.

One of the deceased, Khalil Ahmad, a father of eight, had visited the bank to receive his salary. His nephew confirmed this during his funeral. The nephew described Ahmad as an ordinary painter and expressed concerns over the recurrence of such incidents in the country.

Following the explosion, Taliban authorities cordoned off the area surrounding the bank and restricted media access to the site.

Samangani reassured the public that the situation was under control at the hospital. The wounded were being treated, denying reports circulating on social media about an urgent need for blood donations.

The decline in bomb blasts and suicide attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021 has been notable, although various armed groups, including the regional ISIL chapter, continue to pose a threat.