At least 7 killed in blast in north Afghanistan

Published December 6, 2022
<p>Relatives visit Afghan men receiving treatment at a hospital after they were wounded when a roadside bomb hit a bus carrying employees of a petroleum company in Mazar-i- Sharif on December 6, 2022. — AFP</p>

Relatives visit Afghan men receiving treatment at a hospital after they were wounded when a roadside bomb hit a bus carrying employees of a petroleum company in Mazar-i- Sharif on December 6, 2022. — AFP

A roadside bomb killed at least seven petroleum company employees aboard a bus in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, police said.

“Today at around 7am a blast took place in [...] Balkh on a bus which belonged to Hairatan oil employees,” said Mohammad Asif Wazeri, police spokesman for northern province of Balkh, adding that at least six people were wounded.

He later said the explosion was caused by a bomb. “The bomb was placed in a cart by the roadside. It was detonated as the bus arrived.”

Balkh province is home to one of Afghanistan's main dry ports in the town of Hairatan, near the border with Uzbekistan, which has rail and road links to Central Asia.

It was not clear who the employees on the bus worked for.

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