At least three killed as bomb strikes minivan in northern Afghanistan

A roadside bomb has struck a minivan full of university staff in Afghanistan’s northern Kapisa province, killing three teachers and wounding 15 others, police said on Saturday.

The country’s interior ministry spokesman, Tariq Arian, said on Saturday that the minivan was targeted while travelling from Al-Beroni University. Provincial police spokesman Shayeq Shoresh said the bomb was set off by remote control.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Previous deadly attacks on Kabul University in November last year were claimed by the Islamic State group.

Large areas of war-ravaged Afghanistan have been littered with bombs and land mines. Many have been planted by insurgents to target military convoys, but they often kill civilians instead.

Abdul Qasem Sangin, Kapisa provincial hospital chief, said doctors were among the casualties in Saturday’s minivan attack.

Violence has sharply increased since Washington announced plans last month to pull out all US troops out of Afghanistan by 11 September.

Three weeks ago, a bomb attack outside a school in the capital Kabul killed 68 people, most of them students, and wounded 165 others.

Nearly 1,800 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first three months of 2021 during fighting between government forces and Taliban insurgents despite efforts to find peace, the United Nations said last month.

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