12 killed, dozens injured in car bomb attack in Afghanistan

Interior Ministry said car bomb exploded in front of abject police headquarters

Herat, Afghanistan:

A car bomb targeted an Afghan police headquarters in the western province of Ghor on Sunday, killing at least 12 civilians and injuring more than 100, officials said.

The attack took place in Firoz Koh, the capital of Ghor, a province that has not seen much violence compared to some other areas of the cease-fire country.

The interior ministry said that the car bombings occurred at around 11:00 am in front of the abject police headquarters.

The interior ministry said, “The terrorists exploded in a car full of explosives … 12 civilians were killed and more than 100 people were injured as a result.”

Ghor Health Officer Juma Gul Yakobi said the victims of AFP include members of the security forces.

No group has claimed responsibility, but the fight between the Taliban and the government has escalated in recent weeks.

“The explosion was very powerful,” said Ghor Governor’s spokesman, Aref Abir.

“There are fatalities and casualties, and people are taking them to hospitals.”

He said the explosion damaged nearby buildings that are working for women and the disabled.

Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government began in Qatar last month, but violence on the ground has continued unabated.

The Taliban and the Kabul administration have struggled to establish an infrastructure for talks as the talks seem stalled.

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