Afghanistan: A bomb explosion kills at least seven in the north of the country

The explosion of a bomb targeting a bus killed at least seven people and injured six on Tuesday December 6 in Mazar-i-Sharif, in northern Afghanistan, AFP learned from the police spokesman. from Balkh province, Asif Waziri.

“The explosion happened at 7 a.m.” on a square “targeting a bus of Hairatan Petroleum employees”, an oil company, “who went to their office”said the same source. “The bomb was placed in a cart on the side of the road, it exploded when the bus arrived. Seven people were killed and six injured”continued the spokesperson.

The Taliban say they have improved security in the country since they returned to power in August 2021, but numerous bomb attacks have been carried out, largely claimed by the local branch of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS-K). The latest attack, on November 30, targeted a Koranic school in the city of Aybak (North), killing 19 people and injuring 24. The victims were mainly students.

The city of Mazar-i-Sharif has already been hit recently by an attack claimed by IS. On May 25, at least ten people died and fifteen were injured by the explosion of bombs placed on board three minibuses circulating in different neighborhoods.

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