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Gilan suicide attack injures 8, Taliban dispute blast nature

Gilan suicide attack injures 8, Taliban dispute blast nature

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Feb 01, 2016 - 15:01

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A district police chief survived a suicide bomb attack that left eight people wounded in the Gilan district of southern Ghazni province on Monday, officials said.

However, the Talibaninfo-icon claimed it was not a suicide attack, but a bomb blast carried out by local security forces to seek government’s privileges.

The town’s police chief, Col. Lutfullah Kamran, told Pajhwok Afghan News the suicide attacker on a motorbike detonated his explosives at around 12.00 noon in the Gilan district centre.

He and his guards escaped unscathed, but eight civilians including a woman were wounded in the attack. Some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

As the commander’s vehicle passed through the area, the explosion occurred, witness Noor Rahman said. The casualties were fewer because there was no crowd in the bazaar at the time, he added.

But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Pajhwok Afghan News that no suicide attack had occurred in Gilan district.

He said the bomb explosion was carried out by Afghan forces for their personal advantage and to increase their importance.

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