8 Killed, 40 Injured After Roadside Bomb Blast Hits Passenger Bus In Afghanistan

| July 31 , 2018 , 12:58 IST

At least 8 people have been killed and 40 others injured after a roadside bomb blast hit a Kabul-bound passenger bus in the Farah province of western Afghanistan on Tuesday. The victims consisted of mostly women and children, officials said.

Farah provincial police spokesman Muhibullah Muhib in a statement to AFP said that the bomb was planted by the Taliban to hit security forces but unfortunately hit a passenger bus.

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"It was a bomb planted by the Taliban to hit security forces but unfortunately it got a passenger bus," Muhib said.

Provincial governor spokesman Naser Mehri speaking to AFP said that the explosion took place as the bus was travelling through the Bala Baluk district of Farah at 4:30 AM local time. The blast was reportedly from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Similar IEDs have already resulted in the death of 232 civilians and injury to 645, accounting for 17 percent of overall casualties.

The Taliban, Afghanistan's largest terror group, however, has not made any claims to the incident, but is considered to be quite active in the Farah province.

Earlier in May, the Taliban had launched a major attempt to take over the provincial capital of Farah, triggering intense fighting with US and Afghan forces, which managed to push back the Taliban fighters to the outskirts of the city after a day-long battle.