89 killed, 40 injured in east Afghanistan bombing

89 killed, 40 injured in east Afghanistan bombing
# 15 July 2014 17:49 (UTC +04:00)

The incident took place on Tuesday in the town of Urgun near the border with Pakistan after a bomber exploded his explosives-laden car as he drove by the busy market, said Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi.

He also said that helicopters and ambulances were sent to the region to move those injured to hospitals and transport the victims to the Sharan, the provincial capital.

The bomb blast also destroyed at least 20 shops and dozens of vehicles, Azimi also said.

Mohammad Reza Kharoti, the administrative chief of Urgun, said many victims were buried under the rubble, noting the "brutal" attack was carried out against "poor civilians" as "There was no military base nearby."

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast but the Taliban militant group issued a statement denying that the group was involved in the attack.

The Taliban militants, however, have stepped up their attacks against the Afghan government and foreign forces and civilians as part of their annual summer offensive. The Taliban has vowed to increase attacks on Afghan forces and US-led troops, their bases, diplomatic missions and vehicle convoys before the drawdown of the US-led mission by the end of the year.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.

The US-led war in Afghanistan, which has caused record-high civilian and military casualties, has become the longest military conflict in the American history.