Explosion rockes Khost in E Afghanistan

19:47, April 22, 2010      

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An explosion rocked Khost city, the capital of Khost province in east Afghanistan Thursday afternoon, police said.

"The blast occurred in front of a government office injuring at least one police constable," a police officer told Xinhua but refused to be named.

Meantime, Police chief of Khost province Guldad who like many Afghans uses one name said that the bomb was planted inside the office of provincial attorney general but caused no loss of life.

He added that the blast occured at 02:00 p.m. local time.

He also blamed the enemies of peace, a term used against Taliban militants for organizing the blast but the outfit has yet to make comment.

This is the second explosion hit Khost in a single day on Thursday.

Previous blast which targeted a convoy of Afghan army outside Khost city in the morning caused no loss of life or property.

Taliban-linked militancy has been on constant rise since the beginning of this year in Afghanistan as explosions and shooting have left nearly 20 people, mostly civilians, dead and injured over three dozen others in Taliban-birthplace Kandahar, south Afghanistan, since last Thursday.

Source: Xinhua


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