Blasts injure 12 in Pakistan, Afganistan

Twelve people sustained the varying degree of injuries in two separate bomb blasts in Afganistan and Pakistan on Monday according to the Police and government officials.

Seven civilians were injured after an explosive device went off in a hotel in Eshkamish district of northern Afghanistan’s Takhar province, provincial government spokesman, Mohammad Jawad Hajari said.

The device was planted under a table and exploded at noon when over two dozen people were having lunch, said the official, adding that several injured persons are in critical conditions.

Although no group has claimed responsibility, the official didn’t rule out the involvement of the Taliban.

Taliban militants haven’t responded to the report.

 In Pakistan, a blast hit a police vehicle in Pakistan’s southwestern Quetta city, leaving at least five people injured, including four policemen, said local police.
According to the Police in the area, unknown militants detonated explosive material near the police vehicle when it was on its routine patrolling in the Aspani Road area of Quetta, the provincial capital of the country’s southwestern Balochistan province.
The explosive material was hidden inside a motorbike parked at the roadside, which was triggered by a remote control device, said the police.

Rescue teams, police and security forces had reached the site and shifted the injured to hospital. No group has claimed the attack yet.

SOURCE: Xinhua

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