Afghanistan: 12 killed, dozens wounded by a car bomb attack in Ghor
A car bomb Sunday targeting an Afghan police headquarters in the western province of Ghor killed at least 12 civilians and wounded more than 100, officials said.
The attack took place in Feroz Koh, the capital of Ghor, a province that has not seen much violence compared with some other regions of the conflict-wracked country.
“The terrorists detonated an explosives-filled car… as a result 12 civilians were killed and more than 100 people were wounded,” the interior ministry said.
However, according to Mohammad Omer Lalzad, head of a hospital in Ghor, said emergency staff were treating dozens of people and that the death toll will rise.
Among victims there were members of security forces, Juma Gul Yakoobi, a Ghor health official told AFP.
“The explosion was very powerful,” said Aref Abir, spokesman for the Ghor governor. “There are fatalities and casualties, and people are taking them to hospitals.”
The blast also damaged nearby buildings handling affairs for women and the disabled.
No group has claimed responsibility, but fighting between the Taliban and government has surged in recent weeks.
Tens and thousands of people have been displaced in recent days after intense fighting between the Taliban and the Afghan government forces in several districts of Helmand and parts of neighboring Kandahar province.
Peace talks between the Taliban and Afghan government began in Qatar last month but violence has continued unabated on the ground.
The talks appear to be stalled as the Taliban and the Kabul administration have struggled to establish a basic framework for negotiations.