Rocket hits Baghlan deputy governor’s office, 1 killed
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): A rocket fired by militants hit the office of the provincial deputy governor in the capital of northern Baghlan province on Monday, killing one person and injuring four others, an official said.
The BM1 rocket hit the deputy governor’s office in Pul-i-Khumri at around 11:15am, said Governor Abdul Sattar Bariz.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the rocket hit the roof of his deputy’s office, killing a worker of the provincial power utility and wounded driver of the deputy governor and three civilians.
He said the deputy governor was unhurt in the incident. The rocket was fired from Dand-i-Ghori area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Khumri, Bariz said.
Acting public health director Abdul Bariz Sahibzada confirmed receiving four wounded persons and one dead body at the provincial civil hospital.
It was a 12th rocket to be fired from Dand-i-Ghori area into Pul-i-Khumri this solar year, raising the death toll in the strikes to two including a child. The rocket attacks had so far injured more than 10 people.
Dand-i-Ghori having a population 30,000 people has been under Taliban’s control for the past nine months. Despite Afghan forces’ operation in the area, the militants could not be flushed out.
Local residents say they are concerned about a large presence of militants around Pul-i-Khumri and feared the city would fall to militants if the government did not pay attention.
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