Number of deaths rises to 35 in Kabul car bombing

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The loss of life from a suicide car bomb blast in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Monday rose by more than 10 to at least 35, as indicated by a senior government official.

The number of deaths was reported to be 24 today morning, when the blast occurred. More than 42 were injured in the attack.

The Taliban had earlier claimed duty responsibility for the blast in the western part of Kabul. The government official talked on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to converse with the media about the occurrence.

The neighbourhood in which Monday’s bomb detonated is home to many Shiite Hazaras, a persecuted ethnic minority who have been targeted many times in the past.

Kabul has accounted for at least 20 percent of all civilian casualties this year, including atleast 150 individuals killed in a massive truck bomb assault toward the end of May, as indicated by United Nations figures.

It also coincides with the US administration weighing up its strategic options for Afghanistan, including the possibility of sending more troops to bolster the training and advisory mission already helping Afghan forces.

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