Bomb Attacks in Kunduz, Ghazni Hit Mostly Civilians

News - Afghanistan

Two bomb attacks in two Afghan provinces on Saturday killed more than 12 people and injured at least 33 in what has been a deadly two days for Afghanistan.

As many as 10 people including six civilians, the provincial counter-terrorism police chief, and the traffic police chief have been killed in a suicide attack in the capital city of northern Kunduz province, Northern Police Zone 303 Pamir spokesman told TOLOnews.

Two other police officers were also among the 10 killed, he said.

Around 19 others were injured - 14 civilians and five soldiers, according to officials. 

The suicide attacker who was on a motorcycle detonated his explosives in the middle of a busy area in Kunduz city's downtown Chawk area where the security officials and personnel were deployed.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier Saturday, in eastern Ghazni province, at least three people including two civilians were killed and 13 others injured in a suicide attack, local officials said.

The attack took place in Qala-e Sabz area of Ghazni city at about 1:00pm when a bomb on a bicycle detonated near an Afghan police outpost, killing a policeman and two civilians, deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said.

"Thirteen others including three policemen were injured in the attack and have been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment," he said.

Deputy provincial police chief said the explosion was not carried out by a suicide bomber but was an improvised bomb hidden on a bicycle, however other officials said it was also a suicide attack.

No group including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

It comes a day after five civilians were killed in a Taliban suicide attack targeting a convoy of an International Security Assistance Force traveling in the Jalo Khel area of eastern Kapisa province's Tagab district.

*This story was changed at 9:00pm to update the latest casualty figures in the Kunduz blast. An earlier version of the story said 10 policemen were killed in Kunduz. This was changed to six civilians and four policemen, including the two police officials.

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