Saturday, July 7, 2012

17 civilians injured in rocket attack in W. Afghanistan

FARAH, Afghanistan, July 7 (Xinhua) -- At least 17 civilians were injured Saturday morning in an explosion and ensuing rocket attack in Farah city, the provincial capital of western Afghan province of Farah, the police said.

"A motor bike bomb went off at around 11:00 a.m. local time near the provincial governor office building in Farah city, causing no casualties but minutes later three rockets fired from unknown location hit the city injuring 17 civilians," deputy provincial police chief, Mohammad Ghuos Malyar told Xinhua.

The injured were shifted to a provincial capital hospital where six wounded reportedly were in critical conditions, he said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Violence has been on the rise since Taliban launched an annual spring offensive on May 3.

The Taliban insurgent group has warned the civilians to stay away from official gatherings, military convoys and centers regarded as the legitimate targets by militants.

A total of seven civilians were killed and 23 others were injured when a suicide car bomb targeted a minibus in southern Kandahar province on Monday July 2.

2012-07-07 15:24:17

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