- Title: Dozens dead in Afghanistan violence as Ramadan begins
- Date: 27th May 2017
- Summary: KHOST, AFGHANISTAN (MAY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE GATHERED AT SCENE OF SUICIDE CAR BOMB ATTACK PEOPLE STANDING NEXT TO WRECKED CARS WRECKED CAR AT BLAST SITE VARIOUS OF SHOES, CLOTHES AND BLOOD ON GROUND WRECKED CARS, PEOPLE STANDING NEARBY CAR PART LYING ON GROUND PEOPLE LOOKING AT DAMAGED CAR VARIOUS OF DEBRIS LYING ON GROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) EYEWITNESS AND RESIDENT OF KHOST, NASEEB RAHMAN; SAYING: "Many people were killed in today's attack and some were also seriously wounded. As you can see lots of cars have been destroyed by the blast." TRUCK REMOVING DAMAGED CAR FROM BLAST SITE PEOPLE GATHERED AROUND WRECKED CAR CAR DEBRIS LYING ON GROUND WRECKED CARS PEOPLE AT SITE
- Embargoed: 10th June 2017 12:17
- Keywords: car bomb in Afghanistan attack in Khost province Taliban attacker suicide bombing in Afghanistan
- Location: KHOST, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KHOST, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IM5D8N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A suspected suicide bomber killed as many as 14 people in Afghanistan on Saturday (May 27) on the first day of Islam's holy Month of Ramadan.
In eastern Khost province, a Taliban attacker detonated a car bomb near a football field that is close to a military base, officials said.
At a local hospital, doctors received at least 14 dead bodies and eight wounded people, said Gul Mohammaddin Mangal, head of the public health department in Khost.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was aimed at members of the Afghan security forces. Taliban forces have increased their attacks in the weeks before Ramadan, with a string of strikes in Kandahar, Paktia, and Helmand, among other provinces.
The Western-backed Afghan government is battling both Taliban and Islamic State militants around the country.
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