15 killed by suicide bombing in Afghan market

15 killed by suicide bombing in Afghan market
# 22 July 2015 19:05 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. At least 15 people were killed and more than 35 others wounded by a suicide bombing in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

The attack occurred in a crowded market in the province's Almar district Wednesday when a bomber targeted military personnel patrolling through the district, where hundreds have recently been deployed to counter recent ground advances by Taliban fighters.

"The attack was carried out by an elderly suicide bomber using a motorbike at around 11:45 am Wednesday in a busy bazaar of the district," Almar District Chief Mohammad Saleh Monshi told Anadolu Agency. "Two military personnel were among those killed, while over 35 others, including soldiers, were wounded."

Most of the wounded civilians were villagers who had gone to the market for shopping following an unannounced cease-fire between Taliban and governmental forces to respect the Islamic festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Taliban fighters backed by foreign militants have, according to local officials, managed to seize more than 100 villages in Faryab from Afghan security forces this month.

Hundreds of Afghan national security forces personnel have been deployed in the province as part of a large operation to push back against the Taliban.

Vice President General Abdul Rasheed Dostum visited the area to ask the Taliban to surrender within a week or expect a strong response.

Neither the Taliban nor any other group has claimed responsibility for the Wednesday's suicide attack in Faryab.