Roadside Bomb Kills 7 Civilians in Eastern Afghanistan

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Srinagar | (PTK): Officials in Afghanistan say that at least seven civilians were killed and two wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in an eastern troubled border region. The violence happened just hours before Islamic State militants in the same region abducted 13 seminary teachers.

The Afghan Interior Ministry said Sunday the early morning blast took place in the Bargholi village of the Nangarhar province, which shares a border with Pakistan.

The ministry condemned the deadly violence as an “unforgivable and shameful” act of “enemies of peace and stability” in Afghanistan, and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

There was no claim of responsibility. It was not immediately clear who planted the bomb in an Afghan region where the anti-government Taliban actively conducts insurgent activities.

Extremists linked to Islamic State, locally known as Daesh, have also established bases in several remote districts of Nangarhar and have regularly carried out atrocities against civilians, according to Afghan and American military officials.

They say many former members of the anti-state Pakistani Taliban militants filled IS ranks in Afghanistan after fleeing military operations in the neighbouring country. (PTK)

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