News - Afghanistan
At least 26 civilians have been injured in a bomb blast in eastern Khost province on Monday morning, local officials told TOLOnews.
The blast took place in the Sargardan area of Khost city when a bomb that was placed on a bicycle in a civilian area exploded, according to Khost police.
The provincial governor Abdul Jabar Naeemi released a statement condemning the attack and confirming 26 civilians were injured, not 36 as reported earlier.
All the victims were civilians, Khost police said.
While the target of the attack is still not clear, some witnesses said a police vehicle was nearby at the time which may have been the intended target.
Head of a private local hospital Dr. Babraygull said that they have received 19 wounded civilians including a number of school students.
While the head of government hospital Abdul Majed Mangal said that they had received 6 wounded civilians.
Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, denied the group was behind the attack saying that they did not carry out attacks in this way.
Police are investigating the blast, security officials said.