68 injured as truck bomb hits Zabul PC office
QALAT (Pajhwok): At least 68 people were wounded when a suicide bomber ploughed his car into the provincial council office of southern Zabul province on Monday morning, an official said.
The incident took place in front of the provincial council office in Qalat City, the provincial capital around 11:15 am.
Zabul acting Governor Massoud Bakhtawar confirmed the incident and told Pajhwok Afghan News it was a truck suicide attack.
According to his information, a number of people, mostly civilians, were wounded in the incident.
Zabul police chief Ghulam Jailani Farahi said 30 people including civilians, government officers and police personnel were wounded in the attack.
However, Qalat civil hospital director Zalmai Rishtin said that 44 wounded people were brought in to the hospital.
Provincial council head Atta Jan Haqbayan said the bomber smashed his explosive-laden vehciel into the wall of the council’s building. No council member suffered injuries or casualties in the incident but only some officers and other officials were wounded, he said.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) in a statement said 20 employees of the ministry were among those wounded in the blast. The powerful bombing damaged education department building partially.
As usual, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, calling it unislamic and inhumane.
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