Two bombs went off near-simultaneously on a highway in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing two youngsters and wounding 9 individuals, a neighborhood official mentioned.
The explosions passed off within the metropolis of Mazr-i Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh province, mentioned Adil Shah Adil, the provincial police chief’s spokesman. He mentioned of the 9 wounded, eight are civilians and one is a member of the Afghan safety forces.
Nobody instantly claimed duty for the assault however the Taliban have stepped up assaults in Balkh in latest weeks and elsewhere in northern Afghanistan. Earlier this month, the insurgents claimed an assault on a police checkpoint in Balkh that killed 9 officers.
The Taliban maintain sway over virtually half of Afghanistan immediately, staging near-daily assaults that concentrate on troopers, safety forces and authorities officers but in addition kill scores of civilians — at the same time as they maintain peace talks with a U.S. envoy searching for a decision to the 18-year struggle, America’s longest battle.