Deadly explosion kills 10, wounds 40 in NE Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, June 20 (KUNA) — At least 10 civilians were killed and 40 others wounded in a remote-controlled explosion in Afghanistan’s northeastern Badakhshan province on Monday, said officials.
The provincial governor’s spokesman, Ahmad Naveed Frotan told media that the explosion took place in the main square of the Kisham district of Badakhshan killing at least 10 people.
He further said, “It was a remote-controlled bombing involving an explosives-rigged motorcycle and the victims are all civilians.” Women and children were among the casualties, he added.
The head of district hospital, Dr. Jameel Sultani confirmed receiving more than 40 wounded people saying that the seriously injured were being transferred to other hospitals in Takhar and Faizabad districts.
The blast came a few hours after a deadly suicide attack in Afghan capital city Kabul killed at least 14 Nepalese security guards travelling in a minibus.
The blast came at a time when Taliban rebels have paced up their attacks across Afghanistan following the launch of their warm weather offensive against the foreign and local security forces. (end) sbk.mt