20 killed in bomb blast near Afghanistan's Supreme Court

Trevor Jackson
February 9, 2017

The Supreme Court is located on a road leading to the United States embassy and Kabul airport.

Rahmatullah Turkistani, the chief of the provincial police, confirmed the attack, saying it took place 35 kilometres (22 miles) west of the provincial capital, Shibirghan.

The Ministry of Health, which reported the casualty numbers, said the figure was expected to rise.

The Mission "reminds all parties that judges and staff of civilian courts - including the Supreme Court - are civilians", the statement said.

Tuesday's attack followed a series of assaults by the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist group, including January 10 bombing that killed 36 people.

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The statement was released in Arabic language along with a picture purportedly showing the suicide bomber who detonated his explosives near the court entrance gate. The report has suggested that they are not happy with the way they are working.

The attack led to loss of 20 precious human lives and left more than 40 injured.

The US embassy in Kabul also denounced Tuesday's bombing, saying it was an "attack on the very foundation of Afghan democracy and rule of law".

Young Afghans were also victimised in ground battles between US-backed Afghan forces and insurgents, mainly from the Taliban. The attack was coordinated to the 4:00 pm rush, when many people were leaving for the day.

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