Suicide blast injures civilian in eastern Afghan city

By NNN-Xinhua,

Kabul : A suicide bomber blew himself up in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost province Sunday, wounding himself and a passing-by woman, provincial police chief Mohammad Ayub said.

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The man with explosive device tied to his body detonated himself near a UN office in Khost city, the capital of Khost province, at around 8:20 a.m. local time, wounding a woman, Ayub told Xinhua.

He said that one hand of the bomber was cut off in the explosion and he currently is hospitalized at a nearby hospital.

The blast caused no damage or casualty to facilities and staff of a UN office in the region, a spokesman of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Nazifullah Salarzai told Xinhua.

Salarzai disputed an earlier report that the target was UNAMA office, adding, “It is early to say that UNAMA was the target as there are numerous government offices in the locality.”

“According to our information, there has been no damage to the UN office there and all its staff are safe,” he stressed.

It is unknown who exactly is the target in the blast and there has been no immediate responsibility claim.

Anti-government militants fighting Afghan government and local-based foreign troops in the past had targeted international institutions.

Spiraling insurgency-related violence and conflicts left 8,000 people dead across the post-Taliban nation last year, when as many as over 140 suicide blasts were recorded.