In Afghanistan, at least eight people were killed and 40 others injured when a roadside bomb hit a Kabul-bound passenger bus in western Afghanistan today. Provincial Government spokesman, Naser Mehri said the explosion happened early morning in Bala Baluk district of Farah Province. Farah provincial police spokesman Muhibullah Muhib said, the bomb was planted by the Taliban to hit security forces but unfortunately it got a passenger bus.
There is not any sudden confirmation that the Taliban was responsible for the blast, but Afghanistan’s largest terror group is very active in the province. The explosion happened as the bus travelled through Bala Baluk district of Farah at 4:30 am (0000 GMT), provincial governor spokesman Naser Mehri said in a statement.
Civilians have faced the problematic situation since, 17-year of conflict and Improvised Explosive Devices, such as remotely detonated or pressure-plate bombs, are one of the main causes of casualties. Such improvised Explosive Device (IED) had caused 877 civilian casualties in the first half of 2018, where 232 people are deaths and 645 wounded, accounting for 17 % of overall casualties.
The Taliban has a heavy existing in Farah Province as they had launched a major attempt to take over the provincial capital in May, triggering intense fighting with US and Afghan forces. After a day-long battle, they forced the Taliban fighters to the outskirts of the city.