Key Ministry In Afghanistan Looses Experts In Deadly Blast

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, one of Afghanistan’s key ministries to lead the war-hit nation toward self-reliance and economic stability, says it has lost 15 of its employees, most of them university graduates and master degree holders, in the deadly blast in Kabul on Monday.

The ministry spokesman Abdul Qadeer Mufti said the institution had investedtime and money into the employees.

According to him, most of those killed in the explosion worked in key departments of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

At least 40 people were killed and many others were wounded in the Taliban-claimed car bombing in Kabul.

From the 15 officials, Najiba Hussaini and Abbas, two victims of Monday’s attack,had master degrees, 13 of them had bachelor degrees.

“Two women were among them (the employees). All were professional employees of the ministry. (With this loss) we are now faced with lack of experts. It will be difficult for us to fill this gap,” the spokesman said.

Saamara was one of dozens of civilians who lost their lives in the explosion. She was the mother of five children and worked at a private company. She died when she was on her way to work.

“I want my mother. Why should I lose her in this way?” asked Shekiba, daughter of Saamara.

She was the only bread winner in her family, Saamara’s relatives said.

“It is too hard when your mother is no more and even you are not able to see her body,” said Sumayya, another daughter of Saamara.

The blast took place at about 6:45am local time after a suicide car bomber targeted a bus carrying employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

Three vehicles and 15 shops were also damaged in the attack, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement on Monday.

Taliban has accepted responsibility for the bombing, claiming that they had targeted a vehicle carrying Afghan intelligence officials.  

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