2 killed, 24 injured as bomb rips through Balkh bazaar
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Two people were killed and 24 others injured in a bomb blast in Dawlat Abad district of northern Balkh province on Thursday, an official said.
The district chief, Amir Shah Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast took place in the district’s bazaar at around 2pm.
“The explosion happened after I passed the bazaar in my car,” he said, adding all victims of the blast were civilians including children and women.
Mohammad Ewaz, a resident of the district bazaar, said the explosives had been planted on a rickshaw.
“The rickshaw was already parked in the bazaar and was detonated when the district chief was passing through the bazaar,” he said.
However, he put the number of those killed at three, saying a large of other people had been injured in the incident.
He said there were more crowds of people in the bazaar because Thursday was a special bazaar day for shopping.
The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.
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