A car bomb claimed by the Taliban exploded Monday near the offices of Afghanistan's intelligence agency in the north of the country, wounding dozens of people, officials said.
The insurgents described it as a ‘complex attack’ involving a suicide bomber in a car, with reports of ongoing gunfire.
‘This morning a huge car bomb exploded near the intelligence directorate in Aybak city,’ Sediq Azizi, spokesman for the Samangan provincial governor, told AFP.
‘We also have reports of gunfire from the area.’
Some 43 people, mostly civilians, were wounded, the director of the city's hospital, Gul Ahmad Quraishi, told AFP.
Witness Waseh Suhail said gunshots could still be heard inside the National Directorate of Security compound.
‘It was a huge explosion that broke all our windows,’ said Haseeb, who only gave one name, a government employee working nearby.
‘Many people have been wounded by flying pieces of glass.’
In recent months, the Taliban have carried out near-daily attacks against Afghan forces even as the government prepares to engage in peace talks with the militants aimed at ending the country's decades-old war.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Two dead, several wounded in attack on Afghan police base
Senior al-Qaeda leader al-Masri killed
At least 13 killed in suicide bombing at Kabul education centre
Afghan road bomb kills nine civilians: officials
At least 15 dead in stampede near Pakistan consulate in eastern Afghanistan
12 killed, dozens wounded by car bomb targeting Afghan police
Civilians killed in airstrikes on Taliban base
Floods in northern Afghanistan leave more than 100 dead
Afghan president signs off on Taliban prisoner release, peace talks expected in days