Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Afghan President: Death Toll From Last Week's Kabul Bombing Has Hit 150

Police officers by the crater caused by a truck bombing in Kabul last week. More than 300 were wounded in the blast, the Afghan president said. Credit Andrew Quilty for The New York Times

New York Times: Death Toll in Kabul Bombing Has Hit 150, Afghan President Says

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan president said that over 150 people were killed and more than 300 were wounded by the truck bombing outside the German Embassy last week, making it possibly the deadliest such attack since the American-led invasion in 2001.

The president, Ashraf Ghani, made the disclosure — increasing the death toll by more than 50 — during a speech at a one-day peace conference his government convened in the capital on Tuesday.

The meeting, called the Kabul Process, drew representatives of 20 countries and international organizations, but it included no one from the Taliban or other insurgent groups. Mr. Ghani’s own foreign minister apparently even boycotted the gathering, as antigovernment demonstrators continued to defy orders to leave camps they had set up in the city.

In what seemed to be a bid to create a safer environment for the event, Mr. Ghani on short notice declared Tuesday a national holiday, with the police blocking all except official traffic from the roads.

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More News On Afghan President Stating That The Death Toll From Last Week's Kabul Bombing Has Hit 150

Afghan leader issues ultimatum to Taleban as bombing toll tops 150 -- Straits Times/AFP
Kabul blast: Afghan leader says bomb toll passes 150 -- BBC
Kabul bombing: Death toll jumps to 150, one week after attack -- CNN
Kabul Truck Bomb Death Toll Rises Above 150 -- NBC
Ghani Says More Than 150 Killed In Kabul Truck Bombing On May 31 -- RFE
Afghanistan: Deadly Kabul truck-bomb toll rises -- Al Jazeera

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