Kabul Afghanistan - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Kabul Afghanistan


Gunmen storm Sikh-Hindu temple in ongoing Kabul assault

Mar 25, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The attack comes as Afghanistan is facing myriad crises including a raging insurgency, political deadlock, a massive cut in US aid, a flailing peace process and rising coronavirus cases

In this photograph taken on March 22, 2020 an Afghan policeman searches people travelling in a car at a road checkpoint in Kabul. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

Taliban kill at least 10 in 'horrifying' Kabul bombing

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) The car bomb blast shakes Shash Darak, a heavily fortified area adjacent to the Green Zone and home to several important complexes

AFTER THE BOMBING. A wounded man receives treatment at the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital following a suicide attack in Kabul on September 5, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Joy turns to horror as ISIS bomber kills 63 at Kabul wedding

Aug 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says at least 63 people have been killed and 182 injured

WEDDING BOMBING. Afghan security personnel walk in front of a wedding hall after a deadly bomb blast in Kabul on August 18, 2019.Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

At least 95 wounded in Taliban blast in Kabul

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:01 PM

The car bomb exploded near the entrance of a police station in western Kabul around 4:30 am GMT, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says

At least 10 killed as 3 blasts rock Kabul

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) The bombings come amid an increase in violence in Kabul and around Afghanistan, where the war is taking a continued toll even amid a US-led effort to make a peace deal with the Taliban

AFGHANISTAN BLAST. A boy walks past the wreckage of a bus following a suicide bombing in Kabul on July 25, 2019. Photo by AFP

Man's best friend: The dogs who sniff out explosives in Kabul

Jul 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It takes about two years to train an explosives dog, and the process is intense for both the handler and the canine

In this photo taken on April 7, 2019, an explosive detection dog is kept on leash during a practice session at the Mine Detection Centre (MDC) in Kabul. Naya, a three-year-old Belgian malinois, focuses intently as she leaps over hurdles and zooms through tunnels on an obstacle course at a training centre on a hill overlooking Kabul. WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP

Majority of U.S. vets say Afghanistan war 'not worth fighting' – survey

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The survey results come as the US and the Taliban engage in talks on bringing to a close the conflict which Washington launched in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States

In this photo taken on June 6, 2019, US soldiers look out over hillsides during a visit of the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General Scott Miller at the Afghan National Army (ANA) checkpoint in Nerkh district of Wardak province. A skinny tangle of razor wire snakes across the entrance to the Afghan army checkpoint, the only obvious barrier separating the soldiers inside from any Taliban fighters that might be nearby. THOMAS WATKINS / AFP

At least 1 dead, 65 wounded as Taliban detonate car bomb in Kabul

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'Among the wounded, many children who were going to school,' according to a hospital statement

KABUL EXPLOSION. Afghan men walk on a road as smoke rises from the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on July 1, 2019. Photo by STR / AFP

Student bus targeted amid deadly wave of Kabul bombings

Jun 02, 2019 - 11:16 PM

Authorities say two bombs planted by the side of the road went off just as people rushed to help victims in the aftermath of the first bombing

Taliban overruns international NGO office in Kabul attack

May 08, 2019 - 5:10 PM

The attack comes as the US and Taliban representatives continue negotiations in Qatar aimed at bringing an end to the nearly 18-year-old conflict, while fighting continues to rage across Afghanistan

Kabul on lockdown as assembly discusses peace with the Taliban

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The loya jirga is being held as the US and Taliban are discussing a possible foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a permanent ceasefire and various Taliban pledges

LOYA JIRGA. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019, Afghan people attend the first day of the 'loya jirga' (grand assembly) in Kabul. File photo by STR/AFP

Suicide bombers attack Afghan ministry in downtown Kabul

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:53 PM

The presidential palace says in a statement, 'The enemies of Afghanistan have conducted a terrorist attack'

ATTACKED. Afghan security personnel stand guard near the Afghan communication ministry as an attack between Afghan forces and attackers is still going on in central Kabul on April 20, 2019. Photo by AFP

Mortar attack on major political gathering in Kabul kills 3

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The attack claimed by the Islamic State group represents a major security breach and marks a resumption of violence in the capital after weeks of calm

AFTERMATH. The Afghan relatives of a blast victim fight with a hospital security guard (C) who was restricting access of people trying to get inside Isteqlal Hospital following explosions that struck a large ceremony in Kabul on March 7, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Taliban claim Kabul truck bomb attack, warn more to follow

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:48 PM

In a grim message, the militants vow to carry out more attacks in the city in direct response to the recent appointment of former spymaster and anti-Taliban veteran Amrullah Saleh as interior minister

AFTERMATH. Afghan relatives and medical staff wait for victims outside a hospital's entrance gate after a car bomb exploded near a foreign compound, in Kabul on January 14, 2019. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

At least 43 killed in Kabul government compound attack

Dec 25, 2018 - 3:17 PM

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the raid, which caps a bloody year for Afghanistan

KABUL ATTACK. An Afghan policeman stands guard near the entrance gate of the Ministry of Public Works a day after a deadly militant attack in Kabul on December 25, 2018. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Twin blasts turn regular Kabul wrestling session into massacre

Sep 06, 2018 - 7:13 PM

The double bombing kills at least 26 people and is widely condemned by Afghan and foreign officials

BOMBING. Sandals are seen laying on the ground along the street near the site of a suicide attack, after a blast that targeted wrestlers during a training session at the Maiwand Club, in Kabul on September 6, 2018. Photo by Wakil Koshar/AFP

Philippines condemns Kabul school terror attack

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:27 PM

'The Philippines joins the international community in the call for all parties in Afghanistan to 'adhere to and respect humanitarian principles,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

At least 37 killed as suicide attacker targets school in Kabul

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:54 PM

Police Spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai: 'In the explosion 37 people were killed, more than 40 injured.' Most, he added, were students.

SUICIDE ATTACK. An Afghan resident (R) weeps for his relative following a suicide attack in Kabul on August 15, 2018.  Photo by AFP

3 wounded as rockets are fired into Kabul

Jul 24, 2018 - 6:14 PM

(UPDATED) The rockets landed in residential areas 'near the mountains in PD5 (police district)' in the west of Kabul, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai says. It is not clear if a nearby police academy was the intended target.

Kabul suicide attack death toll rises to 23

Jul 23, 2018 - 2:45 PM

At least 107 others are wounded in Sunday's powerful explosion

SUICIDE BOMBING. Afghan security forces place victims on the back of a pickup truck following a suicide attack in Kabul on July 22, 2018. Photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Pompeo makes unannounced visit to Kabul – Afghan official

Jul 09, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The visit follows an unprecedented ceasefire during Eid last month, when the Islamic holiday was marked by spontaneous street celebrations involving Afghan security forces and Taliban militants

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Bodybuilding: The pursuit of beauty in war-torn Kabul

Jun 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The sport has a long tradition in Afghanistan, and was even tolerated by the Taliban when they ruled the country from 1996-2001 – so long as the men wore long trousers as they lifted

BEEFCAKE. This file photo shows an Afghan bodybuilder posing after competing in a bodybuilding and fitness contest in Kabul. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Suicide blast near gathering of top clerics in Kabul – officials

Jun 04, 2018 - 3:51 PM

'Our initial information shows that the suicide attack took place when guests were exiting the hall" where the meeting was taking place at around 11.30 am (0700 GMT),' police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai tells local broadcaster Tolo News

Outrage after bloody day for Afghan journalists

May 01, 2018 - 5:22 PM

A double suicide blast in Kabul left 25 people dead including AFP photographer Shah Marai and 8 other journalists, while a BBC reporter was killed in a separate attack

BURIAL. Prayers are said before the burial of Agence France Presse (AFP) Afghanistan Chief Photographer Shah Marai Faizi in Gul Dara, Kabul on April 30, 2018, after his death in the second of two bombings that occurred in the Afghan capital. Photo by Andrew Quilty /pool/AFP

When hope is gone – AFP's Shah Marai in his own words

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Agence France-Presse's chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among the journalists killed in twin suicide blasts in the Afghan capital. One tribute to his commitment comes in his own words: an essay from 2016 that he wrote for the AFP Correspondent blog that also reveals his loss of hope for Afghanistan.

KILLED IN ACTION. In this file photo taken on April 17, 2012 Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Shah Marai (center) embraces colleagues Massoud Hossaini (left) and Lawrence Bartlett, after Hossain had won the Pulitzer Prize, at the AFP office in Kabul. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Suicide bomber kills 26 in Kabul attack

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:43 PM

There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly attack – the fifth suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in recent weeks – but the Taliban denies involvement on Twitter

SUICIDE BOMBING. Afghan policemen look on near the site of a suicide bombing attack in Kabul on March 21, 2018. Photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Kabul hotel attack killed at least 25 – official

Jan 25, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The health ministry official says at least 25 people had been killed, including 13 foreigners. Agence France-Presse independently verifies, however, that 15 foreigners – 7 Ukrainians, 4 Americans, two Venezuelans, one German and one Kazakh – died in the massacre.

Kabul mosque attack toll jumps to 32 dead, 41 wounded – officials

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) An attacker 'entered the mosque in Police District 13 of Kabul city... (and) opened fire on worshippers,' Kabul Crime Branch chief General Mohammad Salim Almas says, describing the gunman as a suicide bomber

ISIS claims attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul

Jul 31, 2017 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED All the attackers had been killed and the compound secured roughly 4 hours after the assault began Afghanistan s interior ministry says

KABUL ATTACK. Afghan security forces look on near the site of an ongoing attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul on July 31, 2017. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/ AFP

Explosions rock funeral in tense Kabul

Jun 03, 2017 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED At least 7 people are killed following 3 explosions that rocked the funeral Salim Ezadyar an Afghan politician s son

EXPLOSIONS. Three explosions rock a funeral of an Afghan protestor on June 3. Graphics by Raffy Santos/Rappler   EXPLOSIONS. Three explosions rock a funeral of an Afghan protestor on June 3. Graphics by Raffy Santos/Rappler

Tense Kabul under lockdown after deadly protest clashes

Jun 03, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Hundreds of demonstrators calling for President Ashraf Ghani to step down clash with police prompting the lockdown

Blast targets bus in downtown Kabul during rush hour

Mar 13, 2017 - 11:17 PM

At least one woman is killed with 19 others wounded in the blast which left the bus badly mangled and the area littered with smoldering debris and twisted metal

Twin Taliban suicide blasts in Kabul kill 24, wound 91

Sep 05, 2016 - 9:59 PM

Two bombers on foot blow themselves up in rapid succession in an assault apparently aimed at inflicting mass casualties as government employees left the ministry after work

MINISTRY OF DEFENSE BOMBING. Afghan security personnel and firemen recover a body from the scene of a twin suicide bombing near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul on September 5, 2016. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/ AFP

Taliban attack police cadets in Kabul, killing 30

Jun 30, 2016 - 6:04 PM

UPDATED The bloodshed condemned as a crime against humanity by President Ashraf Ghani comes a week after 14 Nepali security guards are killed in a massive blast that left their minibus spattered with blood

Afghan blasts kill 25, jeopardizing peace talks

Feb 27, 2016 - 9:30 PM

3rd UPDATE The blasts trigger concerns over the future of Afghanistan s peace talks with the Taliban

At least 13 dead in bombing north of Kabul – authorities

Feb 22, 2016 - 11:40 PM

The bomber targets a local police chief injuring him on the eve of the latest round of quadrilateral talks to be held in Kabul in a bid to revive the peace process with the Taliban and end more than 14 years of war

7 dead as suicide bomber hits Afghan TV channel bus

Jan 20, 2016 - 9:29 PM

3rd UPDATE No group has so far claimed responsibility for the bombing which marks the first major attack on a media organization in Afghanistan


Taliban car bomber targets NATO convoy near Kabul airport

Dec 28, 2015 - 1:18 PM

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid says the group is behind the suicide attack on a foreign forces convoy claiming that several invading forces were killed and wounded The Taliban are known to exaggerate battlefield claims

Taliban bomber kills 6 NATO soldiers near Kabul

Dec 21, 2015 - 9:36 PM

UPDATED Authorities say 3 Afghan policemen were also injured in the attack

Powerful blast rocks downtown Kabul

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:33 PM

A policeman confirms the explosion with AFP

Taliban justify killing foreigners after Kabul guesthouse siege

May 16, 2015 - 8:19 PM

People from invading countries do not count as civilians the terrorist group explains

AFTERMATH. Afghan security officials secure the scene of a gunfight between militants and government forces near a guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan, 13 May 2015. Jawad Jalali/EPA

Hundreds of Afghans bury woman beaten to death by mob

Mar 22, 2015 - 7:39 PM

Sympathies pour out for 27 year old Afghan woman Farkhunda who was lynched for alleged Koran burning an accusation her father denies

Afghanistan faces economic timebomb as NATO war ends

Jan 02, 2015 - 11:58 AM

After a decade of near double digit growth the Afghan economy stalls hit by a disputed presidential election and the end of NATO s combat mission

NO CUSTOMERS. This photograph taken on December 7, 2014 shows a general view of a restaurant usually patronized by foreigners at Shahr-e-Naw in Kabul. Wakil Koshar/AFP

US commander lauds progress as NATO ends its Afghan war

Dec 28, 2014 - 7:04 PM

Together we have lifted the Afghan people out of the darkness of despair and given them hope for the future General John Campbell tells assembled NATO soldiers

In this photograph released by the US Air Force on December 8, 2014, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) color guard marches during the ISAF Joint Command (IJC) and XVIII Airborne Corps colour lowering and casing ceremony at the International Airport in the Afghan capital Kabul. The US-led NATO force in Afghanistan closed its combat command center December 8 in preparation for the end of operations later this month after 13 years of fighting the Taliban. AFP PHOTO/Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/US Air Force

NATO lowers flag on its Afghan war, but insurgency boils

Dec 28, 2014 - 3:49 PM

On January 1 the US led International Security Assistance Force ISAF combat mission which has suffered 3 485 military deaths since 2001 is set to be replaced by a NATO training and support mission

In this photograph released by the US Air Force on December 8, 2014, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) color guard marches during the ISAF Joint Command (IJC) and XVIII Airborne Corps colour lowering and casing ceremony at the International Airport in the Afghan capital Kabul. The US-led NATO force in Afghanistan closed its combat command center December 8 in preparation for the end of operations later this month after 13 years of fighting the Taliban. AFP PHOTO/Staff Sgt. Perry Aston/US Air Force

Afghans vote in run-off election despite Taliban threats

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:09 AM

UPDATED The run off poll will decide whether ex foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah or ex World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani leads the country into a new era of declining international military and civilian assistance

POLLS OPEN. Afghans wait to cast their ballot at a polling station during the presidential elections run-off, in Herat, Afghanistan, June 14, 2014. A Photo by Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Female Afghan MP shot in Kabul

Apr 16, 2014 - 9:26 PM

A female member of Afghanistan s parliament is recovering in hospital Wednesday April 16 after being shot the previous night

Sardar Ahmad, charming and versatile AFP journalist

Mar 21, 2014 - 8:56 PM

Sardar Ahmad covered Afghanistan s wrenching conflict and its life away from the bombs and blast walls

SLAIN JOURNALIST. Sardar Ahmad, 40, a Kabul based staff reporter at the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency poses for a photo at the AFP office in Kabul hours before he, his wife and two of his three children were gunned down in Kabul's Serena hotel. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

AFP reporter, family among 9 killed in Kabul hotel attack

Mar 21, 2014 - 8:47 PM

An Agence France Presse reporter is among 9 civilians killed in a Taliban attack in a luxury hotel in Afghanistan

Swedish-British journalist gunned down in Kabul

Mar 11, 2014 - 9:27 PM

A gunman shot dead a Swedish British journalist in central Kabul in an unexplained daylight murder less than a month before presidential elections

SHOT. A handout released by Sveriges Radio shows Swedish journalist Nils Horner on August 15, 2002 in Stockholm posing for a photographer. Photo by Mattias Ahlm / TT News Agency / Sveriges Radio / AFP