KABUL – At least eight people, including two civilians, were killed and another 10 people were injured after a Taliban truck bomb exploded when it was shot at by security forces before it was able to hit its intended target in the country’s southern Ghazni province, officials said.
“A Taliban Humvee truck, full of explosives, was shot and exploded by security forces today afternoon around 2:00 pm in Ghazni city, after the enemy tried to gain entrance to the central part of the city,” Arif Noori, spokesman for Ghazni governor, told EFE.
The governor said the number of casualties could yet rise.
He said besides the suicide bomber, a number of attackers were also in the truck, which failed to hit its intended target.
“When they were ordered by security forces to stop in first security belt of the city, they ignored the warning and headed toward the city, but the Humvee was targeted by the security forces in the 2nd checkpoint and was exploded,” he said.
He said the explosion took place in Police District two of the city near former PRT compound, around 5 kilometers away from the central part of the city on the main Kabul-Kandahar Highway.
He said the heavy explosion destroyed and damaged several offices and private shops in its nearby area.
The governor added, however, that security forces in the city had prior intelligence information about the possible attack and were on high alert during the blast.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid acknowledged the attack and said it killed 10 soldiers.
The Afghan government controls just 55 percent of territory in the country while the Taliban dominates roughly 11 percent.