Explosion in E. Afghanistan wounds 10 civilians

14:27, April 07, 2010      

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A powerful explosion rocked Jalalabad city the provincial capital of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province Wednesday morning injured 10 non-combatants, spokesman for provincial administration Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said.

"The blast occurred on Mustofiat crossroad in the morning rush hour wounding 10 innocent civilians," Abdulzai told Xinhua.

He also added the blast took place when a convoy of NATO-led forces was passing the area but caused no loss of life and just a military vehicle was slightly damaged.

However, he failed to say if it was a suicide attack or roadside bombing, saying investigation is underway to determine. But added, possibly it was a roadside bomb.

Nangarhar is regarded as a peaceful province in east Afghanistan. Nevertheless, a suicide attack in the province late February claimed the lives of over a dozen people mostly civilians.

No groups or individuals have claimed of responsibility for the blast. However, Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops often carry out such attacks.

Source: Xinhua


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