More than 40 dead in two attacks in Afghanistan

Afghan security forces in Ghazni province.
EFE

More of 40 people have died and almost 50 have been injured in two car bombings perpetrated this 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 confirmed to CNN a total of 40 soldiers killed and another 24 wounded.

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 at the compound. 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 president of the Provincial Council of Zabul province, Atajan Haqbayan, has been superficially injured in another suicide attack perpetrated against his car which 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 to receive treatment, security sources cited by Tolo News have reported. This attack has not been claimed by any terrorist group either.

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