Kabul: On the eve of the deadline of May 1 set as per the Doha Agreement to withdraw foreign troops from Afghanistan, grim news hit the capital of Logar province. At least 21 people have been killed and over 90 others have been wounded after a suicide bomber drove a truck into the Logar guest house, local officials said on Saturday.
No group had till now claimed responsibility for the late Friday night bombing in Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar province. However, the Interior Ministry put the onus of the attack on the Taliban. There was no immediate response from the Taliban. The Taliban, who had demanded that all US troops pull out of Afghanistan by May 1, have not offered any guarantees for the safety of the departing troops.
Hasib Stanikzai, head of the Logar provincial council, said that at the time of the attack, a group of local police personnel were staying at the guest house, waiting for transportation to go back home. Other rooms were occupied by students from more remote districts who had come to the provincial capital for university entrance exams. There has been no indication as to why the guest house was targeted. In Afghanistan, guest houses are lodgings often provided for free by the government, usually for the poor, travelers and students.
Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said that the attack was under investigation and that the roof of the guesthouse had collapsed in the bombing. There were fears bodies could be trapped beneath the rubble, he said.