A minimum of 11 civilians together with 4 girls and three youngsters have been killed when a roadside bomb struck a bus in Afghanistan, officers mentioned Sunday, within the newest assault focusing on passenger automobiles within the violence-wracked nation.
The assault occurred on Saturday night within the western province of Badghis, elevating fears of recent violence within the months forward because the US army continues to tug out its final remaining troops from the nation.
No group has claimed duty for the blast however Badghis governor Hessamuddin Shams accused the Taliban of planting the bomb.
One other official from the province, Khodadad Tayeb, confirmed the toll and mentioned that the bus fell right into a valley after it was hit by the bomb.
Saturday’s assault got here after a sequence of blasts focused passenger buses in Kabul this week.
The jihadist Islamic State claimed two back-to-back assaults on buses in Kabul.
Violence has soared in latest weeks as authorities forces and the Taliban conflict in near-daily battles throughout the rugged countryside, with the militants showing to give attention to capturing new territory and battering checkpoints and bases close to Kabul.
The Taliban mentioned on Saturday that they’ve “captured the district of Deh Yak” within the province of Ghazni, about 150 kilometres south of Kabul.
The authorities mentioned they’d solely “relocated” their forces from the world.
Ghazni is strategically positioned on the principle highway from Kabul to Kandahar, the previous bastion of the Taliban within the south. The province sees common combating between the 2 warring sides.
In 2018, the Taliban briefly seized the provincial capital Ghazni, which has the identical title because the province, in an all-out assault that left a number of authorities buildings torched and destroyed.
The surge in violence throughout Afghanistan comes because the US army continues to withdraw its remaining 2,500 troops from Afghanistan.
President Joe Biden has ordered the army to finish the pullout by the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 assaults.
However because the Individuals pack up, specialists worry Afghanistan will stay house to quite a lot of jihadist teams.