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Afghanistan: Car bomb blast kills at least 17 at checkpoint in Logar Province02:10

Afghanistan: Car bomb blast kills at least 17 at checkpoint in Logar Province

Afghanistan, Pul-e Alam, Logar Province
July 31, 2020 at 13:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

A car bomb blast at a checkpoint in Pul-e Alam, Logar Province, reportedly killed at least 17 people and left dozens injured early on Thursday, just hours ahead of Eid Al-Adha celebrations.

Footage from the aftermath of the explosion on Friday shows security forces deployed at the site of the attack. A damaged road and a building with its windows completely shattered can be seen.

A witness of the attack, Guldad, said he was doing shopping at the time of the explosion, and saw smoke rising once he looked outside.

"We feared a lot of casualties from the explosion, like women, children and men. The people were gathered here to shop for goods, and this is not an Islamic act, I have not seen a Muslim to do such a thing against Muslims," he stated.

A shopkeeper close to the area of the blast, Ahmad, stated: "the blast was an attack which damaged many vehicles and houses. The explosion caused [more] problems for people last night, as it is Eid-al-Adha days, there were people rushing in the bazar, people faced financial damages too."

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which reportedly targeted a convoy of security forces near the governor's residence and close to a shopping area.

Thursday's car bomb attack comes at a time when a three-day ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban had been agreed to start on Friday, the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid Al-Adha.

Afghanistan: Car bomb blast kills at least 17 at checkpoint in Logar Province02:10
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A car bomb blast at a checkpoint in Pul-e Alam, Logar Province, reportedly killed at least 17 people and left dozens injured early on Thursday, just hours ahead of Eid Al-Adha celebrations.

Footage from the aftermath of the explosion on Friday shows security forces deployed at the site of the attack. A damaged road and a building with its windows completely shattered can be seen.

A witness of the attack, Guldad, said he was doing shopping at the time of the explosion, and saw smoke rising once he looked outside.

"We feared a lot of casualties from the explosion, like women, children and men. The people were gathered here to shop for goods, and this is not an Islamic act, I have not seen a Muslim to do such a thing against Muslims," he stated.

A shopkeeper close to the area of the blast, Ahmad, stated: "the blast was an attack which damaged many vehicles and houses. The explosion caused [more] problems for people last night, as it is Eid-al-Adha days, there were people rushing in the bazar, people faced financial damages too."

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which reportedly targeted a convoy of security forces near the governor's residence and close to a shopping area.

Thursday's car bomb attack comes at a time when a three-day ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban had been agreed to start on Friday, the first day of the Muslim holiday Eid Al-Adha.

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