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Taliban Targets Afghan Police Cadets Near Kabul, Killing Dozens

The aftermath of the attack on Afghan police cadets on June 30.
The aftermath of the attack on Afghan police cadets on June 30.

Two Taliban suicide bombers have targeted buses carrying police trainees near the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing dozens and wounding more.

The attack took place on June 30 about 20 kilometers west of Kabul.

Afghan's Interior Ministry said that 30 cadets had been killed in the attack and 58 others injured.

The buses were returning to the Afghan capital from a training center in neighboring Wardak Province.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying the "Taliban have revealed more than ever their callous and merciless nature."

Police at the site of the attack told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that the death toll was likely to rise as the vehicles were transporting some 200 police cadets.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to media organizations.

The incident comes 10 days after an attack on a bus carrying Nepali security guards working for the Canadian Embassy in Kabul that killed 14 people.

Based on reporting by RFE/RL, Reuters, and AP

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