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Afghanistan: Truck bombing kills 30 civilians in Logar province

1st May 2021
Afghanistan: Truck bombing kills 30 civilians in Logar province

By Shadi Khan Saif and Nuri Aydin

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA): At least 30 people lost lives and over 90 others were wounded following a massive truck bombing in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province bordering the capital Kabul, an official confirmed.

Logar Provincial Assembly head Haseeb Stanekzai told Anadolu Agency that the truck loaded with explosives was detonated near a residence of a local politician where members of the police force were resting.

The detonation took place in Logar’s capital of Pul-e Alam near the house of the former head of the provincial council, Didar Lawang.

Some local media reports suggested that the blast ripped through a crowd gathered to receive food aid in connection with the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

High school students were amongst those killed, said Hasibullah Stanekzai, head of Logar’s provincial council.

“The Taliban have once again shown that they are not only unwilling to resolve the current crisis peacefully and fundamentally, but are complicating the situation and wasting the opportunity for peace,” the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, said in a statement.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Afghanistan has been witnessing flared-up violence since the announcement of the US troops withdrawal plan by President Joe Biden.

* Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Map of Afghanistan by Tubs/Creative Commons]

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