DAMASCUS – At least 3,000 people have been killed in Russian airstrikes in Syria since September 30 of past year, a Syrian monitor group reported on Wednesday.
Ismal Kawasi, spokesman for the public health ministry, says the wounded are receiving treatment in hospital.
The resulting explosion reportedly sent a plume of smoke in the air, as authorities arrived on the scene to assess the extent of the damage and tend to the wounded.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Hours after the blast, however, a news anchor at Tolo TV, Afghanistan’s most popular television station and a division of the company, addressed the unidentified assailants and said, “You can not silence our voice”.
It was the latest in a series of suicide attacks in the Afghan capital that coincide with renewed efforts to revive a peace process with Taliban insurgents that broke down in July.
But authorities later said the suicide attacker was in a vehicle.
“Unfortunately, in the terrorist attack today in Darulaman Road in Kabul, we lost 7 staff members”, Tolo TV said on its Twitter account.
The blast came months after the Taliban militants announced some private TV channels as their targets over what they said were unbalanced reports and siding with the government.
The Taliban declined the reviews as fabrications, stating these were types of propaganda from the ” networks “.
Taliban representatives were notably absent in both rounds and analysts caution that any substantive talks are still a long way off.
The four-country group is set to hold the next round of discussions on February 6 in Islamabad.
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