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1 killed, 29 injured in Khost car suicide bombing

1 killed, 29 injured in Khost car suicide bombing

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Mar 17, 2017 - 15:07

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): One Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was killed and 29 other people, including civilians, were wounded on Friday in a car suicide bombing in southeastern Khost province.

The early morning attack targeted an old building of the Afghan army in Yaqobi district, killing one soldier and wounding 13 others, a security official in the district said.

He said the blast that was heard kilometers away shattered windowpanes of nearby buildings.

ANA’s Thunder Military Corps first battalion commander Gen. Nasir Hidayat told Pajhwok Afghan News that one soldier was killed and five others were wounded in the attack.

Yaqobi district chief Mir Gul Miakhel said the powerful blast damaged 40 homes, four mosques, one seminary and one high school buildings.

Sixteen womeninfo-icon and children were injured inside their homes due to the impact of the blast, he said.

”I saw a Talibaninfo-icon vehicle came and took away their wounded and injured colleagues after the blast,” a resident of the area, Ibrahim, said.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the car suicide bombing, with their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claiming a number of soldiers were killed and wounded.

He said 70 ANA troops were based in the compound that was attacked. He named the attacker as Sangar Yar, a resident of Khost province.

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