Blast kills 1, injures 12 in Afghanistan

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack in Khost city, eastern Afghanistan. (File photo)

At least one person has been killed and twelve others injured when an improvised explosive device (LED) went off in Afghanistanâ„¢s eastern province of Khost, Press TV reports.

The remote-controlled bomb exploded at a grocery market on the outskirts of the provincial capital city of Khost, located about 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of Kabul, at around at 9:30 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Saturday.

Local officials said an Afghan border guard was killed and three others were injured in the blast.

Provincial security chief, Mohammad Yaqoub, said six Afghan civilians were also injured in the incident.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Security forces cordoned off the area after the event, and launched an investigation.

Meanwhile, one person was killed and four others injured in an explosion in the Yahya Khel district of the southeastern province of Paktika.

Provincial governorâ„¢s office said in a statement that the incident took place at around 7 a.m. local time (0230 GMT) on Saturday after a tractor struck a roadside bomb.

The statement added that three Afghan children and a woman were among those injured in the explosion.

Separately, a roadside bomb hit an Afghan army vehicle in the Bakwa district of the western Farah province on Saturday, leaving four soldiers dead.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks, and bomb attacks.

The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.


This article originally appeared on : Press TV