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12 guards of Ghafari killed in motorcade bombing

12 guards of Ghafari killed in motorcade bombing

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Aug 05, 2020 - 18:22

PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): At least 12 security guards of a former member of Provincial Council were killed after their vehicular convoy hit a roadside bomb in northern Baghlan province on Wednesday.

Nazir Najam, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok that 12 bodyguards of Ghafari were killed in the blast.

Earlier, a source in Baghlan, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the blast took place in CheshmaSher area of Pul-i-Khumri City today afternoon.

He said the motorcade of MahboobullahGhafari hit a roadside bomb, which left nine of his bodyguards dead and a 10th wounded.

Merajuddin, a relative of Ghafari, said the former PC member had been appointed as in charge of Hairatan customs and was on his way to attend his introduction ceremony today.

“Ghafari was on his way to attend the ceremony when a roadside bomb hit his bodyguards vehicle and nine of them were killed and a 10th wounded,” he added.

Habibullah Mohib, director of public health department, told Pajhwok that five bodies and an injured guard had been brought to the hospital from the blast site.

The injured was said to be in critical condition.

Police spokesman Ahmad Javed Basharat confirmed the incident, saying Ghafari escaped unhurt but his bodyguards suffered casualties.

Meanwhile, Nazir Najam, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok that 12 bodyguards of Ghafari were killed in the blast.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

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