December 2014 Kabul bombings

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December 2014 Kabul bombings
LocationKabul, Afghanistan
DateDecember 11, 2014
Attack type
Suicide bombing
Deaths12
Injured7
PerpetratorTaliban

The December 2014 Kabul bombings refer to series of bombings that happened on December 11, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

First attack[edit]

The first attack was carried out by the Taliban and was targeting Afghan soldiers. During the attack six of the soldiers were killed.[1]

Second attack[edit]

Couple hours later a second attack was carried out by a 16-year-old[2] who blew himself up at the French high school's auditorium which killed 6 civilians[3] and wounded 16 more.[4] The auditorium was showing a play called Heartbeat: Silence After the Explosion which ironize the event. After the explosion there was panic which was followed by investigation during which the witnesses claimed that it all happened back stage with reporters and their TV cameras were covering the event. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for this attack as well, and said that the play undermined Islamic values. According to BBC reporter Mike Wooldridge, the attack was meant to undermine confidence among Afghans in the new government and its security forces.[5]

After the investigation it was revealed by the Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayoub Salangi[6] that one of the bodies belonged to a German national.[7]

Condemnations[edit]

The attack was condemned by the Laurent Fabius who said that no French citizens were hurt in the attack. It was also condemned by French President Francois Hollande who called it "odd" and was quoting saying by U-T San Diego:

By attacking this target, the terrorists were targeting culture and creativity[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Six Afghan soldiers killed in Kabul suicide bombing". BBC News. December 11, 2014. Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Suicide bomber attacks high school in Afghanistan". Al Jazeera. December 11, 2014. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Joseph Goldstein (December 11, 2014). "In 2 Attacks, Suicide Bombers Kill at Least 6 in Kabul". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "German killed in Kabul attack". SABC. December 12, 2014. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "Kabul suicide bomber attacks French school during show". BBC News. December 11, 2014. Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "Several killed in suicide bombing at Kabul school". Deutsche Welle. December 11, 2014. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  7. ^ Hamid Shalizi (December 11, 2014). "German killed in Kabul attack on play condemning suicide bombings". Reuters. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  8. ^ Lynne O'Donnell; Amir Shah (December 10, 2014). "German citizen killed in Kabul school bombing". U-T San Diego. Associated Press. Archived from the original on December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.