KABUL (Sputnik) – Thirteen people are dead and 102 others sustained injuries after a car bomb went off near the police headquarters in Afghanistan’s western province of Ghor on Sunday, the head of the central hospital said.
The blast took place in the provincial capital of Firuzkoh. Along with the police headquarters, judiciary offices, women’s affairs department and a number of government agencies are located in the blast area.
The hospital’s chief, Mohammad Omar Lalzad, said some of those injured were in critical condition.
Breaking: At least 12 civilians were killed and more than 100 others were wounded in a car bomb close to police HQ in Firozkoh, capital of Ghor, said Ministry of Interior in a statement. pic.twitter.com/l3xYStfXbi
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No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
Over the week, the province’s capital has been witnessing violent clashes between the security forces and Taliban militants after skirmishes broke out on Sunday.
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.