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4 civilians dead, 23 injured in Gardez blast

4 civilians dead, 23 injured in Gardez blast

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Nov 03, 2014 - 19:42

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Four people were killed and 23 others injured on Monday when a bomb blast ripped through a marketplace in the capital of southeastern Paktia province, police said.

The explosives had been placed in commercial goods in front of two shops on the Ghazni Road in Gardez. The blast occurred around 5:20pm when a large number of people were busy shopping, police chief Brig. Gen. Zalmai Oryakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said no security personnel were present at the time of the blast that killed and wounded civilians. He confirmed four civilians had been killed and 23 others wounded.

Civil hospital chief Dr. Haya Gul Paktin told Pajhwok Afghan News they had been delivered all the wounded and dead. He added the injured included five children and the condition of another eight wounded persons was critical.

Giving an eyewitness account, Subhanullah said a large number of people were busy buying goods when the blast occurred. “I cannot understand the motive behind the blast because there were no security personnel at the scene,” he wondered.

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