Eleven killed as bomb blows up a bus in Afghanistan
KABUL: A roadside bomb struck a bus in Afghanistan overnight killing at least 11 people just hours before the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire to mark this week’s Eid al-Fitr holiday, the interior ministry said Monday.
The attack in restive Zabul province left another 28 people wounded, interior ministry spokesman Tareq Arian.
Woman and children were among the wounded, he said. An interior ministry spokesman said 28 people were wounded.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Taliban insurgents did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Early on Monday, a blast hit a minibus in Parwan province, just north of the capital, Kabul, killing two people and wounding nine, the Interior Ministry said.
Violence has been rising sharply in recent weeks after the United States announced it would withdraw all of its troops by Sept. 11, 20 years after al Qaeda attacks on the United States triggered U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan.
The Taliban announced late on Sunday they would declare a three-day ceasefire for the religious holiday of Eid al-Fitr later this week.