Kabul: A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives at a busy checkpoint in central Afghanistan, killing at least 13 people today, an official said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack on the entry checkpoint into Panjshir province killed five police officers and one intelligence officer assigned to the post, provincial police chief Aziz Ghyrat said.
Seven civilian construction workers also were killed in the blast, which Gyrat said happened in the late afternoon as cars were lined up to be searched before entering the province on a narrow mountain road.
“When the police searched the car, they realized he was a suicide bomber and the attacker quickly detonated the explosives and blew up the car and himself,” Ghyrat said. Several other civilians in other vehicles were wounded in the blast, he said.
Many of the civilian victims were in a bus waiting to be searched, which marks the entrance into Panjshir from Parwan province, said Najim Khan, provincial deputy police chief of police.