An Afghan provincial official says a motorcycle bomb was remotely detonated in a crowded market in the country's south, killing five people and wounding eight.
An Afghan provincial official says a motorcycle bomb was remotely detonated in a crowded market in the country’s south, killing five people and wounding eight.
Omar Zawaq, the spokesman for the governor of southern Helmand province, says the motorcycle exploded on Friday in the center of the market in Marjah. It’s a resitive district, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah.
No one immediately took responsibility for the bombing, but the area has a heavy presence of Taliban insurgents.
Marjah was the site of one of the largest U.S and Afghan offensives in 2010. However, the Taliban have slowly returned to areas from which they were previously driven out. Local residents say Taliban rule in nearly 80 percent of the province.
- School board rebukes Bellevue football program; possible two-year ban for coach Butch Goncharoff
- This drone footage of inside Bertha’s tunnel is like something out of ‘Star Wars’
- Five veteran Seahawks whose roles could be most impacted by additions from the NFL draft
- Mayor, Chris Hansen denounce misogynistic comments over council arena vote
- Seahawks waive 5 players, including former starting center Drew Nowak and former Husky Josh Shirley