7 killed in north Afghanistan as blast hits vehicle with oil workers

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At least seven people were killed when a vehicle carrying oil workers exploded in Balkh, Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Reuters

Kabul,Updated: December 6, 2022 18:29 IST

Seven people were killed in an explosion in the oil workers' car in northern Afghanistan.

Seven people were killed in an explosion in the oil workers’ car in northern Afghanistan. (Representative photo)

Reuters: At least seven people were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday when a vehicle carrying oil workers exploded in the northern province of Balkh, and another explosion in the eastern city of Jalalabad injured six.

“Around 7am today… an explosion occurred in a bus in Balkh belonging to employees of Hairaton Oil,” Northern Province police spokesman Mohammad Asif Wajeri said.

He said that at least six people were injured.

Read: At least 19 people were killed and 24 injured in an explosion in northern Afghanistan

Balkh province is one of Afghanistan’s major dry ports, in the city of Hayratan near the border with Uzbekistan, which has rail and road links with Central Asia.

Wajeri said the Balkh police are looking for a criminal behind the car blast. It is not clear who the bus crew worked for.

Police in Nangahar province said six people were injured in another blast later in the day near the Money Exchange Market in Jalalabad.

The cause of the two explosions was not immediately clear.

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