The Afghan government stated that only civilians--no security forces-- were killed in the blast targeting the convoy of First Vice President Amrullah that occurred early Wednesday morning in the Taimani area of PD 4 in Kabul city.
Among the victims are two young men--who were related to one another--on their way to their work at a restaurant. Both victims were 40 years old. One was named Abdul Hakim Kawoon, and the other Fawad.
“One has left two children behind, the eldest was only 7 years old; the other one has left two daughters, and they are only 4 and 5 years old,” said Haji Matin, a relative of the victims.
“We couldn’t find one of them. The other--Fawad--we transferred to the hospital, but later he was martyred too, around 12:00 pm at Emergency Hospital,” said Ghulam Rabbani, a relative of the victim.
“My neighbor was standing with me. The explosion happened and we didn’t understand what happened,” said Mohammad Musa, an eyewitness.
“Three children were at the bakery to get bread, but they were killed,” said an eyewitness.
“One of our relatives has gone missing since this morning. We searched all the hospitals in Kabul, but we couldn’t manage to find out whether he is alive or not,” said Mohammad Jawad, a relative of one of the victims.
“We found our cousin at the hospital. He was martyred, but my other cousin is still missing,” said Feroz Ali, a relative of a victim.
“Sometimes a suicide attack happens here, and sometimes in another place. For God's sake, for the sake of the prophet, stop killing the people, come and fight directly,” said Mohammad Ewaz, a resident in Taimani.
According to Saleh’s office, the target was Saleh’s convoy. Saleh survived the attack, although some of his staff and bodyguards were wounded.
Three people in Saleh's convoy, including bodyguards, were wounded in the blast, said Rezwan Murad, head of public relations for the vice president's office.
The attack comes as the intra-Afghan attacks are expected to start within a week's time, and Afghan leaders, as well as members of the international community, have publicly condemned the attack.