An enormous automotive bomb blast killed a minimum of 27 folks and injured dozens extra in Afghanistan’s jap Logar province on Friday night, with highschool college students among the many casualties, native officers mentioned.

The automotive full of explosives detonated in Logar’s capital of Pul-e Alam close to the home of the previous head of the provincial council, Didar Lawang, the spokesman for Logar’s governor, mentioned.

The home additionally operated as a guesthouse and the blast had struck simply as company have been breaking their quick through the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, based on the pinnacle of Logar’s provincial council, Hasibullah Stanekzai, who instructed Reuters 27 folks had been killed and dozens extra wounded.

He mentioned among the many casualties have been highschool college students who had been staying on the home, having travelled to the capital to take a seat their college entrance examination, in addition to pro-government militia members who have been staying there whereas ready for air transport to a different distinct.

It was not instantly clear who was behind the blast. A spokesman for the rebel Taliban mentioned in response to Reuters’ questions that they have been wanting into the matter.

Violence in Afghanistan has escalated in current weeks after U.S. President Joe Biden introduced the United States would withdraw troops by Sept. 11 to finish twenty years of international army presence.

That choice angered the Taliban who had signed a cope with earlier U.S. President Donald Trump that specified troops could be gone from the nation by May 1 topic to sure safety ensures.

Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian mentioned 21 folks had been killed and 91 wounded and {that a} rescue and restoration operation was persevering with.

A provincial well being official mentioned simply over 60 injured folks had been taken to hospital and plenty of college students have been among the many victims.

The European Union’s delegation to Afghanistan condemned the assault.

“In the holy month of Ramadan, horrible news on a car bomb in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, killing and injuring innocent civilians, including students….this is a tragedy for the whole country,” it mentioned on Twitter.

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