Three Killed, 17 Injured In Bomb Explosion In Shulgara District

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At least three people were killed and 17 others wounded in two back-to-back explosions in Afghanistan’s Northern province of Balkh, officials said on Thursday.

The incident happened in Shulgara district at around 11 am (0630 GMT), the provincial governor’s spokesman Munir Farhad said.

According to the official, the blasts happened as a result of two bombs placed inside the vehicle and the guest house of a well-known pro-government commander in the district.

The local commander identified as Nazar Gul and 16 of his armed men were wounded in the explosions, while his son and two of his guests were killed, Farhad said.

Local officials described Commander Nazar Gul as an anti-Taliban figure who has played an important role in the mobilisation of people in support of the central government in the district.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Taliban militants are active in the province and usually carry out attacks on pro-government forces.

Targeted killings, attacks on checkpoints, suicide bombings, and air and ground operations by the Afghan security forces have increased amid the start of direct peace talks in Doha, Qatar, in September.

The Taliban has repeatedly rejected accepting a ceasefire and so the violence continues.

dpa/NAN

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