Bomb explosion kills at least 15 in Afghanistan’s north

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KABUL, Jul 22: At least 15 people, mostly civilians, have been killed and more than three dozen others wounded in a bombing attack at a market in Afghanistan’s north, police say.

Deputy provincial police chief Baryalia Basharyar said that the attack took place when a bomber blew himself up among a crowd of shoppers in Almar district in Faryab Province on Wednesday.

Faryab governor Abdul Sattar Barez also said “information shows at least 15 people were killed in the attack, including women and children and at least one Afghan army soldier.”

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

The blast comes less than a week after a powerful explosion claimed the lives of four children in the province of Maidan Wardak in the east-central region of Afghanistan.

The incident took place on July 16 as the children were playing in the area.

Afghanistan is witnessing growing violence despite the presence of thousands of foreign forces in the war-ravaged country.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed Taliban from power, but insecurity still remains in several areas across the country.

The US-led combat mission in Afghanistan officially ended on December 31, 2014, but thousands of foreign forces have remained in the country in what is claimed to be a support mission.

 

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