Bomb injures 24 in front of Maimana bank
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): At least 24 people were wounded on Wednesday when a powerful bomb went off in front of a Kabul Bank branch in the capital of northern Faryab province, witnesses said.
The explosion took place around 9:00am, jolting parts of Maimana city. Eye-witnesses said the explosives had been planted on a bicycle that went off in front of the Kabul Bank branch near a currency-exchange market.
A security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said many people were wounded in the blast.
Dr. Amanullah Ehsan at the Afghan-Turk hospital in Maimana told Pajhwok Afghan News 19 wounded people had been brought to the hospital.
They included two policemen, two children and a woman and four of them were in critical condition, he added.
But Dr. Sabera Sherzai, deputy public health director, put the number of those injured at 24.
Assadullah, 30, who was injured in the blast, said: “I was crossing the road when the explosion took place. Security forces were also present at the time.”
Another wounded person said: “Anybody who is responsible for the blast during this holy month of Ramadan is not a Muslim.”
The explosion occurred when police and other government employees queued up in front of the bank to collect their wages ahead of Eidul Fitr.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blast so far.
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