Not less than 30 safety guards are killed in a automobile bomb assault on Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – At least 30 Afghan security forces were killed in a car bomb attack in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Sunday. The casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the explosion.

Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of the provincial hospital in Ghazni, said 30 bodies and 24 injured were transported there. "All victims are security guards," he said.

The explosion was aimed at connecting the public protection forces, a wing of the Afghan security forces. It damaged civilian homes around the site and there could be more casualties from there, they said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian confirmed that a car bomb had exploded but did not provide any further information on the target or possible victims.

Nobody took responsibility for the attack.

When Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was contacted by Reuters, he did not acknowledge or deny responsibility.

Afghanistan has seen a spate of car bombs in recent months, despite peace talks between the Taliban rebel negotiating teams and the government in the Qatari capital, Doha.

Violence in the country, which has been at war for two decades, remains unacceptably high, according to foreign governments and institutions, and calls for an immediate ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Another bomb attack on Sunday in eastern Zabul province against a senior provincial official killed at least one person and injured 23, said Gul Islam Syaal, spokesman for the province's governor.

Haji Ata Jan Haqbayan, chairman of the Zabul provincial council, suffered minor injuries in the attack on his convoy.

Nobody took responsibility for the attack on Haqbayan, an outspoken critic of the Taliban.

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