Mine blast injures three in E Afghan city

14:07, October 20, 2010      

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Three civilians were injured as a remote-controlled bomb detonated Wednesday near a shop in Khost city capital of the same name Khost province in eastern Afghanistan, provincial police chief Abdul Hakim Isaqzai said.

"Anti-government militants planted a mine near a butcher shop and exploded it today leaving three people injured. The butcher shop provided meat to Afghan Border Police stationed in the province," Isaqzai told Xinhua.

He said the three injured were evacuated to the city hospital for medical treatment.

No group or individuals have claim of responsibility. However Taliban militants in the militancy-hit country have been warning the local contractors not to cooperate with Afghan and NATO-led forces.

Khost and the neighboring Paktia and Paktika provinces in eastern Afghanistan have been experiencing Taliban-led security incidents over the past couple of years as over 20 civilians have been killed and dozen others injured in roadside bombings organized by the militants over the past couple of weeks there.

Source: Xinhua


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