The deadly truck bombing that struck the diplomatic area Afghanistan’s capital during rush hour on Wednesday is a grim reminder of the ongoing horrors of war felt by Afghan civilians, says one expert.
CNN noted that the “streets were packed with commuters, women shopping, and children going to school.” The death toll, as of this writing, had risen to 90 people. Another 400 were wounded.
The New York Times writes that “the attack appeared to be one of the bloodiest of the long Afghan war.”
“I have been to many attacks, taken wounded people out of many blast sites, but I can say I have ever seen such a horrible attack as I saw this morning,” Alef Ahmadzai, an ambulance driver, said to the Associated Press.
The Times adds that the bombing “highlighted the continued ability of militants to strike even in the most secure parts of the capital.”
According to Patricia Gossman, senior researcher on Afghanistan for Human Rights Watch, it “was yet another reminder of how deadly the war has become for ordinary Afghan civilians.”
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She further notes:
Lotfullah Najafizada, news director for TOLOnews, Afghanistan’s 24-hour news channel, also underscored the ongoing dangers faced by Afghans—most of which never reach corporate news headlines. He told Democracy Now! that
The Taliban denied any involvement with the bombing, and no group has yet claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s blast.
The White House, meanwhile, is weighing sending as many as 5,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.