International Law

Car bomb kills 17, injures 39 outside Afghanistan's top court; Taliban says judges were targets

A car bomb detonated Tuesday outside the Afghanistan Supreme Court killed at least 17 people and injured 39.

Most of the victims are believed to be civilian court workers getting ready to board buses outside the court’s entrance and head home. However, in written statements emailed to news organizations, the Taliban said a suicide bomber had targeted not only court workers but judges because of harsh sentences imposed on insurgents, according to the New York Times (reg. req.) and the Washington Post (reg. req.).

Spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid wrote that court workers were “sentenced to death” due to their “important role in cruelty, bad behavior with our countrymen, and legalizing the infidels,” the Times reports.

The Bangkok Post and Reuters also have stories.

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