A suicide car bomber focused the convoy of a provincial governor in japanese Afghanistan on Monday, killing at the least eight individuals, together with 4 civilians, authorities officers stated.
The governor, Rahmatullah Yarmal, was unhurt within the assault in Laghman province, in accordance with his spokesman, Asadullah Dawlatzai.
Four of Yarmal’s bodyguards had been killed, the spokesman stated, including that about 38 individuals — each navy and civilians — had been wounded within the assault, which came about in Mihterlam, the provincial capital. Dawlatzai stated 36 civilians had been among the many wounded, together with kids, in addition to two different bodyguards of the governor.
The explosion additionally left a number of badly broken automobiles on the web site of the assault. The wounded, together with babies, had been taken to the town’s fundamental hospitals.
No one instantly claimed accountability for the assault however each the Islamic State group and the Taliban are energetic within the space. Both militant teams have carried out assaults up to now in opposition to Afghan authorities representatives, nationwide safety and protection personnel, and civilians.
The Laghman assault got here after a suicide truck bombing in neighboring Nangarhar province on Saturday killed 13 individuals and wounded 38. That assault struck close to a mosque as individuals had been gathering for afternoon prayers.
Representatives of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban are holding intra-Afghan negotiations in Qatar, a Mideast nation the place the Taliban have had a political workplace for a few years. The negotiations are supposed to finish the nation’s decades-long lengthy conflict, following a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed in February in Doha, Qatar’s capital.