Kabul Attack Kills Dozens, Including Women and Children

At least 28 people are dead and hundreds are wounded after a suicide bomb and gun assault on a government security building in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning.

The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for what Reuters called “the most deadly single attack in the Afghan capital since 2011.”

The bombing took place during rush hour in the city’s central district, and targeted a security team that protects government VIPs, according to CNN. However, most of the victims were civilians—including women and children, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said.

Reuters notes: “Tuesday’s blast came days after a United Nations report said urban warfare had caused a spike in the number of deaths and injuries among women and children in Afghanistan this year.”

It also comes a week after the Taliban declared the start of a “spring offensive,” news outlets said.

The Guardian quoted Mohammad Aref, a 20-year-old shop owner, who described seeing all his windows break in the explosion, and at least 50 wounded people being carried away. “The clothes of many of them were soaked in blood,” he said.