A car bomb exploded in front of the gate of a Defense Ministry facility in Gardiz city, the center of eastern Paktia province, on Thursday morning, leaving five civilians dead, according to an army spokesman.
Aimal Mohmand, a spokesman for the Afghan National Army's 203 Thunder Corps, said that 19 others--including five security force members--were wounded in the explosion.
He added that the explosives were placed in a Mazda truck that was detonated in front of the gate of the facility at around 8:30am.
Photos on social media from the attack scene show the building has been destroyed in the explosion.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said that a suicide bomber attempted to detonate a truck-bomb at the gate of the MoD’s building in Gardiz city, Paktia, but was shot before reaching target, said MoD.
However, the vehicle exploded, killing five civilians and wounding 24 others, it said.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.