Ramadan Terrorism: 90 killed in Truck Bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan
Egregious act of terror turns the Kabul morning rush hour into a scene of carnage.
Via Breitbart News, on Wednesday morning in Kabul, a large truck bomb was detonated in the city’s diplomatic district inflicting enormous casualties, with 90 confirmed dead and over 400 wounded, 11 of which were American. The suicide attack occurred in the heavily guarded and relatively secure diplomatic district of Kabul, home to several foreign embassies and other governmental buildings. The timing of the incident was imperative to inducing maximum casualties and the largest possible damage, as the crowds of morning commuters formed a prime target.
The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack, despite their history of targeting the Afghani government. It is still unclear who is to blame for this atrocity, as no terror organization has come forward and taken responsibility thus far.
President Trump met with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the incident. Trump’s spokesperson says that the United States “strongly condemns” the attack, and acknowledges that several Americans were wounded.
The UN Security Council also condemned the attack and called it “heinous and cowardly”. The council further stated “that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.” The UN urges that all countries cooperate with the Afghan government in finding and prosecuting those responsible for organizing the attack.
Historically, incidents of terror spike during the celebration of Ramadan. ISIS has explicitly called for an “all- out war” on the West on the eve of Ramadan:“Muslim brothers in Europe who can’t reach the Islamic State lands, attack them in their homes, their markets, their roads and their forums…” . If the recent tragedies in Kabul and Manchester are any indication of what is to come, then the West and the Middle East alike would be well advised to stay vigilant through the Islamic holy month.