2014 Paktika car bombing

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2014 Paktika car bombing
Part of Taliban insurgency
LocationPaktika, Afghanistan
DateJuly 15, 2014
Attack type
car bomb
Deaths89 [1]
Injured+42
PerpetratorHaqqani network[2]

On July 15, 2014, in Urgun, Afghanistan, a car bomb suicide attack took place in a crowded bazaar killing 89 people and injuring another 42.[3] It was the bloodiest attack on civilians in Afghanistan since the 2008 Kandahar bombing.[4]

The Attack[edit]

At 10am police saw a suicide bomber driving a SUV into the center of Urgun, driving down the main road, the suicide bomber detonated his payload at 10:30am killing himself in the process. When he blew up the shockwave instantly destroyed 30 mainly mud and straw shops, dozens of vehicles, killing 89 people and wounding 42 more.[5][6][7] The wounded and dead overwelled the nearby clinic and the military had to bring in helicopters and ambulances to transport casualties from the bomb site to Sharana, the Provincial capital.[8] The Haqqani network was responsible for the attack having had planned it in the North Waziristan District of Pakistan.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "At least 89 people were killed in car bombing". The Guardian. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  2. ^ Totakhil, Habib Khan (16 July 2014). "Urgun Diary: Car Bomb Devastates Afghan Town". Wall Street Journal.
  3. ^ "Afghanistan car bomb leaves at least 89 civilians dead". The Guardian. July 15, 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Afghanistan car bomb leaves at least 89 civilians dead". TheGuardian.com. 15 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Afghanistan car bomb leaves at least 89 civilians dead". TheGuardian.com. 15 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Car Bomb Kills Scores in Crowded Market in Afghanistan". Wall Street Journal. 15 July 2014.
  7. ^ Rosenberg, Matthew; Mangal, Farooq Jan (15 July 2014). "Scores Killed in Car Bombing at Busy Market in Eastern Afghanistan". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "At least 89 killed in eastern Afghanistan suicide blast". Christian Science Monitor. 15 July 2014.
  9. ^ Totakhil, Habib Khan (16 July 2014). "Urgun Diary: Car Bomb Devastates Afghan Town". Wall Street Journal.