Maimana explosion claims 2 lives, leaves a dozen injured
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Two civilians were killed and 12 others injured in a bomb blast in Maimana, the capital of northwestern Faryab province, on Wednesday, an official said.
The bomb attached to a bicycle went off in front of the Azizi Bank branch in the provincial capital at around 10:15am.
A security official, who wished not to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News that two people were killed and 12 others wounded in the blast. This scribe saw three seriously injured civilians shifted by police to hospital.
Faryab Public Health DirectorDr. Maroof Samar said a seven years old child was also among the wounded.The health condition of one of an elderly man was also critical, he added.
Mohammad Alam, one of the wounded evacuated to the Afghan-Turk hospital, said: “I was passing through the area when the explosion occurred. I fell to the ground and don’t know what happened later on.”
He blamed the government for failing to improve the security situation, saying people had no one to lodge their complaintswith.The explosion shattered windowpanes in four shops and a vehicle.
Provincial police chief, Col. Syed Aqa Andarabi, said he had come to hospital along with the governor and other officials to donate blood to the injured.“Militants shed the blood of people and we donate blood to them.”
Security officials, meanwhile, accused militants of involvement in the incident, but no group so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
It was the third explosion happening in front of crowded Azizi Bank branch in Faryab during the past one year. At least 10 people had been killed and 30 others injured in the two early blasts.
According to the latestUN report, 3,545 Afghan civilians were killed and 7,457 others wounded in 2015. It said civilian casualties increased to a record high last year, showing a four percent increase over 2014.
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