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Taliban Target Downtown Kabul

Afghan security personnel inspect the site of car bomb attack at the gate of a government office in the Puli Mahmood Khan neighbourhood of Kabul on April 19, 2016. A powerful Taliban car bomb followed by a fierce firefight left many people dead or wounded in Kabul April 19, the Afghan president said, a week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive.(Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
Afghan security personnel inspect the site of car bomb attack at the gate of a government office in the Puli Mahmood Khan neighbourhood of Kabul on April 19, 2016. A powerful Taliban car bomb followed by a fierce firefight left many people dead or wounded in Kabul April 19, the Afghan president said, a week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive.(Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

More than two dozen people are dead and more than 300 wounded in a Taliban attack in the Afghan capital Tuesday. An attacker detonated a car bomb and gunmen stormed the area. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks with BBC correspondent Harun Najafizadeh in Kabul whether this is the start of an especially violent spring fighting season.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

Guest

  • Harun Najafizadeh, correspondent for the BBC in Kabul. He tweets @HNajafizada.

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