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At least 25 die in car bombing in Afghanistan

Kabul, Apr 30 (EFE).- Twenty-five people were killed and 60 others wounded Friday when a vehicle packed with explosives was detonated near a hospital in Pul-e-Alam, capital of the eastern province of Logar, Afghan authorities said.

In Herat, on the other side of the country, four people were hurt Friday in the explosion of a roadside bomb.

“It was a mini-truck bombing, the powerful blast has damaged and destroyed houses up to one kilometer area. Most of the martyred persons are under the ruins. We have around 25 people martyred and more than 60 people injured,” Hasibullah Stanekzai, head of the Logar Provincial Council, told Efe of the attack in Pul-e-Alam.

“The provincial hospital is also partially damaged and some patients who were on hospital beds also injured inside the hospital,” he said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said the explosion took place at around 7:00 pm.

“Initial information shows over 30 people are killed and injured and this figure is subjected to change as roofs have been collapsed over people, students and passengers,” he said.

Several physicians on staff at the provincial hospital are among those wounded in the blast, Dr. Samar Gul Samar, the director of the Logar public health department, told Efe.

Afghanistan’s acting minister of public health, Wahidullah Majroh, said that 10 ambulances were dispatched from Kabul to Logar to bring victims to hospitals in the capital where doctors were standing by to treat them.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Pul-e-Alam or Herat, which came a day before the United States is set to begin the process of withdrawing the nearly 3,500 US troops who remain in Afghanistan nearly two decades after the invasion that toppled the Taliban.

Roughly 7,000 troops from other NATO countries will likewise be leaving Afghanistan.

President Joe Biden said that all of the US military personnel will be out of the country by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington by al-Qaeda militants under the command of Osama bin Laden, then living in Afghanistan.

The administration of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, signed an agreement with the Taliban that called for a full US withdrawal by May 1, 2021.

That accord also launched a multi-track peace process involving talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government and broader discussions including the US, Russia, Turkey and others.

The Taliban’s initial response to Biden’s postponement of the withdrawal date was to announce that it would take part in any international conference until all foreign forces were out of Afghanistan. EFE

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