A Taliban truck bomb killed at least 20 people and wounded 95 when it exploded near a hospital in southern Afghanistan on Thursday (September 19), a provincial official said, with casualties expected to rise as rescuers sift the rubble.
Some of wounded people who were taken to Kandahar Hospital for treatment said the blast occurred in the early morning.
The Taliban, who have been carrying out nearly daily attacks since the collapse of peace talks with the United States this month, said the target was a nearby building of the government’s intelligence department in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province.
The militants wanted to target a training base for Afghanistan’s powerful National Directorate of Security but parked the vehicle laden with explosives outside a hospital gate nearby, said another defense ministry source.
Twenty bodies and 95 wounded people have been evacuated from the blast site, said Haji Atta Jan Haqbayan, a member of the provincial council in Qalat. (REUTERS)
Two separate suicide bombings rocked Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 48 people and wounding 80 others.
At least 22 people were killed and 26 others wounded after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives around noon near the buildings of the Afghan defense ministry and the U.S. embassy, according to the Afghan interior ministry.
Eyewitnesses said that the area was crowded at the time of the bombing, and the causalities are feared to rise.
In a separate incident, a bombing hit a presidential election campaign rally earlier in the day in Charikar, the capital of central Parwan province, killing 26 people and wounding 42.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the two attacks. (REUTERS)
A blast in the center of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul killed at least six people and wounded another 14 on Tuesday (September 17), police officials said.
Most of the wounded were being treated at Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.
In a separate incident, an explosion near an election rally attended by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani killed 24 people and injured 31 others in Charikar, capital of Parwan province, north of Kabul, health officials said.
The Taliban insurgent group claimed responsibility for two blasts which it said killed dozens of people in Afghanistan on Tuesday.
Taliban commanders have said they will intensify clashes with Afghan and foreign forces to dissuade people from voting in the Sept. 28 presidential election, when Ghani will bid for a second five-year term. (Reuters)
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