Officials from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Tuesday said the death toll from the suicide bombing outside the ministry on Monday has risen to 17, after a number of critically injured ministry employees passed away.
Officials said another 40 people were seriously wounded in the blast and some of them are still in critical condition.
Meanwhile, families of victims criticized National Unity Government (NUG) leaders for their failure to safeguard people against attacks by militant groups.
The families also called for justice.
Obaidullah was a driver at the MRRD and had worked there for seven years. He lost his life in the explosion. Obaidullah’s pregnant wife is now in shock after hearing about the tragedy.
The victim’s son, Subhan, said: “Here it was blood around, bullets had hit his legs.”
“He was a graduate, he completed his schooling, he was very talented, he was working as a driver … everyone liked him,” said Obaidullah’s friend Hamed Baqai.
“Stop the war and violence, it is enough now, what kind of ceasefire is this that you respond with shedding blood,” said Obaidullah’s uncle Abdul Baqi.
“They (government officials) live in steel palaces, they do not know how many become widowed and orphaned,” Mohammad Ibrahim, a relative of Obaidullah said.
Another victims was Mohammad Ali Shariati who worked for the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament). He lost his wife and his sister-in-law in the attack.
My six-month-old daughter was with her mother and she sustained serious wounds, he said.
“When we do not feel secure, peace with one faction does not lead to peace and this is not acceptable to us,” said Shariati.
This comes a day after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the gate of the ministry, while staff were on their way home.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.