6 Injured in Southern Afghan Explosion: Police

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - About six people were wounded Sunday after a booby-trapped motorcycle went off in southern Afghan province of Kandahar, police said.

6 Injured in Southern Afghan Explosion: Police

"Security forces found an explosive-packed bike at the middle of the Maiwand District bazaar at midday. They tried to defuse the bomb but the explosive was detonated, leaving four civilians, one army soldier and one policeman wounded," provincial police spokesman Zia Durrani told Xinhua.

The injured were shifted to the district main hospital where three of them remained in critical condition.

The policeman succumbed to his injuries unfortunately later, according to hospital sources.

The blast also damaged several shops. If the security force had not cordoned off the area the blast might cause higher number of casualties, Durrani said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, is notorious for poppy growing.

A surge in attacks has been witnessed in the country since the Taliban insurgent group launched a rebel offensive against Afghan security forces and more than 51,000 NATO-led troops stationed in the country in May.

 

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