The Taliban claimed responsibility for a bomb attack targeting TV station workers that left seven people dead in the Afghan capital and was broadly condemned, NBC News reported.
The Taliban "made good on its promise of targeting Tolo TV, the country's largest network for promoting obscenity, irreligiousness, foreign culture and nudity," according to a statement posted by its media unit on Thursday.
The Taliban threatened Tolo in October after it reported allegations of summary executions, rape, kidnappings and other abuses by Taliban fighters during the battle for the city of Kunduz. The Taliban briefly captured and held Kunduz before being dislodged by U.S.-backed Afghan forces.
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On Wednesday, Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told NBC News a bomber targeted the minibus outside the Russian Embassy in Kabul. He said four of the seven dead were women and that 27 civilians were injured — mostly production-company employees.