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Soldiers among 5 wounded in Sarobi blasts

Soldiers among 5 wounded in Sarobi blasts

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Aug 15, 2011 - 14:02

JALALABAD (PANinfo-icon): Two children and three Afghan soldiers were wounded during twin explosions in the Sarobi district of Kabulinfo-icon province, forcing the closure of the main highway, officials said Monday.

The first explosion happened at 1:15pm against soldiers at the Ozbin bus station, Hazrat Muhammad Haqbeen, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The blast was caused by a rocket-propelled grenade that a soldier was carrying, he said. The second explosion took place when an army vehicle -- carrying the injured to hospital -- struck a roadside bomb in the district bazaar.

Three Afghan soldiers and two children walking close to the army vehicle were wounded, said a spokesman for the 201st Selab Military Corps, Col. Noman Hatifi.

Anti-government fighters attached a magnetic bomb to the vehicle while it was parked in the town, he said. The blasts blocked the key highway, connecting Kabul with eastern Nangarhar province, for nearly three hours.

Previously, the district chief had said that some Afghan soldiers were killed and their vehicle destroyed by the back-to-back explosions.

Shopkeeper Rahimullah said people panicked, believing suicide bombers have struck. Many shopkeepers ran away, closing their businesses.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

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