Deadly Suicide Attack on Kabul Police Station


DeShawn Smith, Staff Reporter

When will the violence end in Afghanistan? On Monday, February 1st, another suicide bomber killed 20 people at a police headquarters in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

According to the interior ministry of Kabul, at least 29 others were wounded in the blast in the west of the city. In the beginning reports it said most of the ones dead were civilians but further reports said those killed and injured were police officers.

This attack on Kabul was apparently organized and carried out by the Taliban, who have bombed or attacked several other places in Afghanistan for several months prior.

The attack was carried out at the entrance of the headquarters of the National Civil Order Police. This unit specifically has a counterinsurgency role against the Taliban, according to BBC.

At first officials blamed a suicide car bomber, but then changed their results by saying that the attacker disguised himself with a group of people that went into the Police Station before he set off his explosives.

One man in Kabul said, “I saw three dead bodies on the ground and a number of other people wounded, then ambulances arrived and took all the victims away from the attack site.”

The attack was one of many that happened this year already. Recent attacks happened in January. One of the attacks killed seven staff from the Tolo media group in Kabul. Several foreign diplomatic missions were also attacked in 2016.

Brigadier General Wilson Shoffner, a spokesman for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said: “This attack on the Afghan Police shows the contempt the Taliban have for the rule of law in Afghanistan and for those who commit themselves daily to defending the Afghan people. The Taliban have no plan for the development of Afghanistan. Targeting those who defend their fellow Afghans does not advance the cause of peace.”

According to BBC there has been speculation that the Taliban don’t want to have peace talks. In January the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani warned that the negotiations should start before April because if not the conflict would likely increase.

He also said: “Time is not a friend,” and he added, “We all understand that February and March are crucial.” 

Fellow senior, Juwan Williams had this to say about the Taliban: “Well, from my point of view, I believe they shouldn’t have done it because it causes disruption in their economy because of the money it takes to rebuild, the living conditions change, and it ruins the citizens lives that live there. By attacking their own people it [seems to] contradict their beliefs.”