Sunday, July 15, 2012

18 wounded in twin blasts in E. Afghanistan

Districts of Logar. This image does not includ...
Districts of Logar. This image does not include Azra district, located to the east of Khoshi and Mohammad Agha. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
PUL-E-ALAM, Afghanistan, July 15 (Xinhua) -- At least 18 people were wounded Sunday morning in twin bomb attacks in eastern Afghan province of Logar, the police said.

"Our report said that a total of 18 people with majority of them civilians were injured in two back-to-back bomb blasts in provincial capital Pul-e-Alam this morning," deputy provincial police chief Rahis Khan Saddiq told Xinhua.

He said the first blast occurred at round 8:40 a.m. local time near the Red Crescent office in the province 60 km south of capital Kabul.

A second explosion ripped through the scene of the first blast after people and security forces gathered to evacuate the victims, the source said.

Some injured were in critical conditions, he added.

The attackers seems to have followed old tactics which depends on creating initial blast to attract security forces and people, then they set off another blast to get higher casualties.

A total of 14 civilians were killed and nine injured in similar bomb attacks in southern Kandahar province on July 8.

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

In a separate incident, five militants were killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated prematurely in Koh-e- Safi district of Parwan province, 55 km north of Kabul Saturday night, a provincial official said Sunday.

The Taliban insurgent group, who launch massive IED attack against security forces, has yet to make comments.

2012-07-15 15:20:07

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