Afghanistan's government says at least 15 people were killed by a truck bomb explosion at an army compound in Kabul, the first attack since the Taliban's new leader was announced. Gavino Garay reports.
They were attacked in their sleep. Afghan officials called the truck bombing near an army compound in Kabul a "cowardly" attack on civilians. There's been no immediate claim of responsibility, but it's the first major attack on the capital since the Taliban announced a new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour . Government spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) DEPUTY SPOKESMAN FOR AFGHAN PRESIDENT ASHRAF GHANI, SAYED ZAFAR HASHEMI, SAYING: "As a result of last night's cowardly attack 240 of our citizens were wounded including 47 women and 33 children, and 15 of our countrymen were martyred." While such a powerful truck bombing is relatively rare, the city regularly comes under attack by insurgents seeking to destabilize President Ashraf Ghani's government. Security forces have only limited support in fighting the Taliban since the NATO mission ended last year and foreign troops were withdrawn.