9 Killed  in Afghan Suicide Bombings

9 Killed in Afghan Suicide Bombings

Two suicide bombers targeting Afghan government and military employees killed at least nine people on Monday and wounded 23, officials said. Six civilians died and nine were injured in a blast outside a bakery shop in Yahyakhil district of Paktika province, an area near Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan, district governor Musa Khan Kharuti said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, Reuters reported. Earlier in the day, three people were killed in an attack on a bus carrying Afghan army personnel in Dehdadi district, not far from the Balkh provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense said. The ministry put the number of wounded at eight, while Balkh provincial governorate, said that 14 had been injured. The bomber detonated a suicide vest near the bus as it was carrying members of the army’s 209th Shaheen Corps and all of the reported casualties were army employees, Farhad said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing in a statement released online. The statement named a resident of Wardak province, which neighbors the Afghan capital city of Kabul, as the attacker.


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