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Afghanistan: Car bomb kills 3 in Kandahar

Afghanistan: Car bomb kills 3 in Kandahar

A bomb in a minibus exploded near a security checkpoint in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday causing numerous casualties, officials said, as attacks continue during the Muslim holy month of Ramzan.

Earlier, three people were killed and 25 others were injured in the auto bomb blast, officials said.

Nematullah Barak, head of Mirwais hospital in Kandahar, said the latest figures "show 16 dead and 38 wounded people brought to the hospital".

As many as seven police were killed in clashes on Monday night between security forces and the Taliban in Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, where the insurgents have cut a highway with the neighbouring province of Paktika, officials said.

Security forces in Kandahar had already cleared the area around a bus station where the van was found, provincial governor spokesperson Daud Ahmadi said.

The route of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline passes through large areas under Taliban control or influence.

He added that there are at least five small children among those wounded. "I found myself among smoke and bloodstains and saw my hand broken", he said.

"The terrorists planned to conduct a big attack at end of Ramadan in the city among crowds of people as they went out shopping for Eid. security forces prevented a disaster from happening", one security official told AFP.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

President Ashraf Ghani praised the bravery of the intelligence and security forces for attempting to foil the bombing.

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