Daily Dispatch

Bomb blast kills seven in Afghanista­n


A TALIBAN-TYPE improvised bomb ripped through a bazaar in a remote town in northweste­rn Afghanista­n yesterday, killing seven civilians and injuring eight others, police said.

The blast in Ghormach district in the province of Faryab was the latest in a string of deadly bombings and suicide attacks since Taliban insurgents announced the start of their spring offensive earlier this month.

A local

councillor was among those killed by

the remotely-detonated bomb, police Massoud Yaqoubi said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibi­lity for the attack, but similar incidents have in the past been blamed on the Taliban and other militants fighting to topple Kabul’s Us-backed government.

Now in its 11th year, the Taliban-led insurgency has expanded to most of the country from their traditiona­l stronghold­s in southern and eastern Afghanista­n along the rugged border with Pakistan.



The annual spring offensive is launched as the weather conditions improve, providing the rebels easier passage between battlegrou­nds in Afghanista­n and their hideouts in Pakistan’s lawless tribal regions.

There are about 130 000 Us-led Nato troops in Afghanista­n helping defend the government of President Hamid Karzai, but they are set to withdraw by the end of 2014, leaving security responsibi­lities to Afghan forces. — SAPA-AFP

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