Another blast, another day in Kabul, Afghanistan. This has become the new normal for the people of Kabul. The blast occurred near the Green Village compound on Monday, January 14, killing at least four people and wounding more than 100, the country’s health ministry has said. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Green Village, a compound that houses a number of international companies, is often described as paradise. Inside Green Village you can find bars, swimming pools, good gyms, good food, coffee shops, and five-star accommodations, which is pretty hard to come by in the war-ravaged country.
Three military personnel were among the dead, Afghan Interior Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish said. He did not specify the victims’ nationalities. There is large international peacekeeping force in Kabul tasked primarily with force protection. The British Army currently provides troops to secure the capital as part of their new role in Afghanistan.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson for the Taliban, said the group’s fighters were responsible for the attack. He claimed dozens of foreign and Afghan security forces were killed and wounded. The Taliban have been known to inflate casualty figures following their attacks against Afghan government or foreign targets.