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16 killed, 38 wounded in Afghan blast

16 killed, 38 wounded in Afghan blast
AFP
16 killed, 38 wounded in Afghan blast

KANDAHAR: At least 16 people were killed and 38 wounded yesterday when a minivan packed with explosives exploded as members of the security forces were trying to defuse it in southern Afghanistan, reports AFP quoting officials.

Police and intelligence officers in the city of Kandahar had already cleared the area around a bus station where the van was found, said the provincial governor’s spokesman Daud Ahmadi.

“As the security forces were trying to defuse the van, it detonated,” said police spokesman Mohammad Qasim Azad.

“The latest figures show 16 dead and 38 wounded people brought to the hospital. We still have two ambulances at the site because there might be more people under the rubble,” said Dr Nehmat Barak, chief of the Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar.

Ahmadi confirmed the toll, adding that the dead included four members of the security forces. At least five children and 10 members of the security forces were among the wounded.

The blast was so powerful that most of the casualties were passers-by outside the cleared area. “When I was going to my shop the area was closed by the security forces,” one witness who did not give his name told AFP.

“I was waiting for the way to be opened when a big explosion happened and I escaped from the area. My co-workers who were already in the shop have disappeared and I have no news about what happened to them.”

Another witness said he was inside his shop when the explosives detonated. “I found myself among smoke and bloodstains and saw my hand broken,” he said.

Ahmadi said security forces also found a large container of explosives, rocket-propelled grenades, suicide vests and ammunition near the site. “The terrorists planned to conduct a big attack at the end of Ramadan in the city among crowds of people as they went out shopping for Eid... security forces prevented a disaster from happening,” one security official told AFP.

No group immediately claimed responsibility. The blast was quickly condemned by President Ashraf Ghani, who praised the “brave” officers who dealt with it.

The Taliban are stepping up their spring offensive across the war-torn country.

Late Monday the insurgents attacked two districts in the southeastern province of Ghazni, briefly capturing the police headquarters in one of them before being pushed back, said governor’s spokesman Aref Noori.

 

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