GHAZNI – Taliban fighters detonated a car bomb near an Afghan intelligence agency installation in central Ghazni province on Monday, killing at least seven people and injuring 40, officials and Taliban insurgents said.
The explosion, during the holy month of Ramadan, where tens of thousands of Afghans fast, is the latest in a wave of violence across the country, despite a peace deal signed between the United States and the Taliban in February.
The Ministry of the Interior in Kabul and the provincial officials in Ghazni confirmed the attack.
“At around 4:30 am, a National Security (NDS) force base in Ghazni became the target of a car bomb,” said a police officer, adding that seven people died at the blast site and 40 injured were taken to a military hospital.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said fighters of the Islamist group were responsible for the attack in Ghazni, the scene of many large-scale Taliban attacks on both Afghan and foreign forces in recent years.
Last week, five civilians were killed and 40 people, including six soldiers, were injured in a bomb attack on a Taliban truck targeted at an army agency in neighboring Paktia province.