Nine Killed in Suicide Bombing in Afghan’s Balkh Province


Two suicide bombers wrecked havoc in Afghanistan’s Balkh province and killed around nine people. According to officials, they targeted government and military employees, and injured around 23 people in the mishap.

The blast occured outside a bakery shop in Yahyakhil district of Paktika province, an area near Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan, district governor Musa Khan Kharuti said.

The Ministry of Defence said three people were killed in an attack on a bus carrying Afghan army personnel in Dehdadi district earlier in the day, not far from the Balkh provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan.

The bomber detonated a suicide vest near the bus as it was carrying members of the army’s 209th Shaheen Corps, and all of the reported casualties were army employees, Munir Ahmad Farhad, a spokesperson for the Balkh provincial governor said.

Buses carrying military and government employees to and from work have been common targets for insurgent groups like the Taliban.

The group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the military bus in a statement released online. The statement named a resident of Wardak province, which neighbours the Afghan capital city of Kabul, as the attacker.