6 civilians killed, 40 injured in Jawzjan market explosion
SHEBRGHAN (Pajhwok): At least six people were killed and 40 others wounded in a bomb blast in the Darzab district of northwestern Jawzjan province on Monday, an official said.
Deputy police chief, Col. Abdul Hafiz Khashi, told Pajhwok Afghan News a bomb tied to a motorcycle went off in Darzab district centre when people were busy shopping in the market.
He said six people were killed and 40 others injured in the incident. All victims were civilians, he said, adding the owner of the motorcycle had been detained. It remains unclear who the target was.
“Afghan forces have tightened security measures in Darzab district and are searching for another bomber. We have received a tip-off about a second attack plot,” he said.
Asadullah, a resident of Darzab district, said the number of people in the bazaar was higher because of a discount on different items on Monday.
“Most of the people coming here are poor, who want to purchase things on discount. Farmers also sell their products on Mondays,” he explained.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said militants were not involved in the incident. He added local Taliban were unaware who conducted the attack.
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