At least seven killed in Afghanistan bus bombing

[06-12-2022 09:48 AM]

Ammon News - At least seven people have been killed and six others wounded in a bus bombing in northern Afghanistan.

Police confirmed a blast hit a bus carrying oil workers in Balkh's provincial capital, Mazar-i-Sharif.

A roadside bomb placed in a cart detonated as the bus arrived near a city square, said police spokesman Mohammed Asif Wazeri.

The explosion took place around 7.00am local time and killed employees of the Hairatan Oil company, Mr Wazeri said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Such attacks are common across the country, particularly since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan last year.

At least 19 people were killed in an explosion at a religious school in the northern city of Aybak last week.

ISIS, a rival of the Taliban, has claimed responsibility for several attacks.

On Monday, the Taliban said it had arrested an ISIS member for an attack on the Pakistani embassy in Kabul. Officials in Islamabad have said the attack was an attempt to assassinate its head of mission in Afghanistan.

Members of Afghanistan's Shiite community are also routinely targeted in bombings, with attacks on mosques and schools in Hazara neighbourhoods claiming hundreds of lives.

(The National News)

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