A suicide automobile bomber focused the convoy of a provincial governor in japanese Afghanistan on Monday, killing at the very least eight individuals, together with 4 civilians, authorities officers mentioned.
The governor, Rahmatullah Yarmal, was unhurt within the assault in Laghman province, in response to his spokesman, Asadullah Dawlatzai.
4 of Yarmal’s bodyguards had been killed, the spokesman mentioned, including that about 38 individuals — each army and civilians — had been wounded within the assault, which happened in Mihterlam, the provincial capital. Dawlatzai mentioned 36 civilians had been among the many wounded, together with youngsters, in addition to two different bodyguards of the governor.
The explosion additionally left a number of badly broken automobiles on the website of the assault. The wounded, together with young children, had been taken to the town’s foremost hospitals.
Nobody instantly claimed duty for the assault however each the Islamic State group and the Taliban are lively within the space. Each militant teams have carried out assaults prior to now towards Afghan authorities representatives, nationwide safety and protection personnel, and civilians.
The Laghman assault got here after a suicide truck bombing in neighboring Nangarhar province on Saturday killed 13 individuals and wounded 38. That assault struck close to a mosque as individuals had been gathering for afternoon prayers.
Representatives of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban are holding intra-Afghan negotiations in Qatar, a Mideast nation the place the Taliban have had a political workplace for a few years. The negotiations are supposed to finish the nation’s decades-long lengthy warfare, following a U.S.-Taliban peace deal signed in February in Doha, Qatar’s capital.