Seven killed in explosion outside police office in W. Afghanistan

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2020

At least 12 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded in a suicide vehicle bombing on Sunday in Afghanistan's western Ghor province, ToloNews reported.

The ministry of interior said the vehicle bomb detonated in front of Ghor police headquarters at about 11am local time (06:30 GMT).

At least 12 people were killed and more than 120 were injured following a deadly auto bomb attack in Afghanistan.

Mr Juma Gul Yakoobi, a Ghor health official, said that the victims included members of the security forces.

The head of a hospital in Ghor, Mohammad Omer Lalzad, said emergency staff were treating dozens of people with both serious and light injuries from the bombing, AP reported.

He said the blast also damaged nearby buildings handling affairs for women and people with disabilities.

Local authorities are still unsure who or what the target of the attack was as no group has claimed responsibility for the deadly offensive.

"The explosion was very powerful", said Aref Abir, spokesman for the Ghor governor.

On Friday, the Taliban agreed to suspend attacks in southern Afghanistan, which displaced thousands of residents in recent days.

The United States and the Taliban - Afghanistan's major armed opposition movement - signed a peace agreement in February that paved the way for reducing violence in the country, a gradual troop withdrawal and for intra-Afghan negotiations that started in Qatar earlier this month. That came after the US vowed to halt all airstrikes and night raids in keeping with the peace agreement the USA signed with the Taliban in February.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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