Local officials said on Monday that almost all of the victims of Sunday’s car bombing in Firozkoh, the capital city of Ghor, were civilians and that the explosion happened near civilian areas and has caused financial losses as well.
The explosion occurred on Sunday morning, and initial reports said the explosion happened near the provincial police headquarters; however, according to officials, it happened near the martyrs and disabled office.
According to local officials, 16 people were killed and 150 others were wounded in the blast.
Some of the victims were laid to rest in Firozkoh on Monday. Local officials said 15 of the victims are civilians, including people with disabilities and children, who were gathered near a government office in the area when the blast occurred.
Hospital officials said 120 of the 151 wounded are civilians, including women and children.
“There was a class for people with special abilities (near the blast scene). At least 22 of them were in the class. 18 of them have been wounded. Two of them are in critical condition,” said Gul Ahmad Rustami, head of the martyrs and disabled office.
“How long should we live like this? How long will the Taliban continue the bloodshed?” asked Hazrat Gul, a wounded resident of Ghor.
“Five of my sons have been wounded. I lost two of my brothers in this blast. I don’t have the money for their treatment,” said Wali Mohammad, father of the wounded persons and a Ghor resident.
The attack was condemned by the Afghan government and its allies.
“The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights calls it a war crime,” said Mubarak Shah Shirzad, acting head of the human rights commission in Ghor.