More than 30 people have died and almost 50 have been injured in two car bomb attacks on Sunday in the Afghan provinces of Ghazni y Zabul.
The first of them, a suicide car bomb attack, was that of Ghazni and it took place against a military base located in the provincial capital, also called Ghazni. The head of the province’s Health Department, Baz Mohammad Hemat, has told the DPA news agency that at least 30 people have died from the attack, while 24 have been injured. All those killed and injured are members of the Afghan Armed Forces. However, the head of the Ghazni Provincial Council, Nasir Ahmad Faqiri, has estimated the deaths at 25, according to the first information about what happened, and the injured at 16. The spokesman for the local government, Wahidulá Jumazada, had previously reported 23 dead and 16 injured.
According to Afghan security sources quoted by local television Tolo News, the attack occurred during the morning and the perpetrator has not survived. They have also specified that the bomb has detonated in a vehicle ‘full of explosives’. The same sources have indicated that Afghan Army commandos were in the complex. No terrorist group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Taliban have carried out attacks against Afghan government forces in Ghazni in the past.
On the other hand, the Chairman of the Provincial Council of Zabul Province, Atajan Haqbayan, has been injured superficially in another suicide attack perpetrated against his car that has left three civilians dead and 23 – 19 of them civilians – injured. The attack was carried out in Qalat, the provincial capital, when Haqbayan left his home, his relatives have detailed. The injured, four of them serious, have been transferred to health facilities for treatment, security sources cited by Tolo News have reported. This attack has not been claimed by any terrorist group.