Afghanistan: Roadside IED blast kills 34 bus passengers

A major roadside landmine blast in Farah, western Afghanistan, bordering Iran, killed at least 34 people on Wednesday morning, an official confirmed.

A passenger bus coming from the neighboring Herat province hit a roadside improvised explosive device around 8.00 a.m. (0330GMT), killing 34 passengers and injuring 17, Muhib Muhib, spokesman for the Farah police headquarters, told Anadolu Agency.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The province has witnessed a spike in the Taliban-led insurgency since the city of Farah briefly fell to the militants.

The police spokesman accused the Taliban of planting IEDs alongside roads and highways.

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Source: The Muslim News