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Bomb Attack in Kandahar Kills Dozens

Bomb Attack in Kandahar Kills Dozens Bomb Attack in Kandahar Kills Dozens

A minibus packed with explosives blew up in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday causing dozens of casualties, officials said, as fighting continued across the country during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The blast, near one of the city’s main markets, sent a huge cloud of dust and smoke into the air. Nematullah Barak, head of Mirwais hospital in Kandahar, said six dead and more 30 wounded, including several children, had been brought in, Reuters reported. A statement from the NDS intelligence service said the minibus, packed with explosives, was discovered in a large open yard of mechanics workshops but blew up before it could be defused. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Tuesday’s explosion came as the Taliban pushed ahead with their spring offensive, launched last month, with fighting in other areas of the country. As many as seven police were killed in clashes on Monday night between security forces and the Taliban in the southwest province of Ghazni, where the insurgents have cut a key highway with the neighboring province of Paktika, officials said.

 

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