Explosion rocks Mazar-e-Sharif city of Afghanistan
By Mirwais Adeel - Thu Jan 24 2013, 8:58 pm
A relatively heavy explosion rocked northern Balkh province of Afghanistan on Thursday evening. The incident took place in central Mazar-e-Sharif city at Darwaza-e-Jamhuri area near the city shrine, provincial security commandment and central bank.
Provincial security chief spokesman Sher Jan Durani said the explosive device was planted near a police ring of steel by the militants and went off while an Afghan police officer got closer to the stall.
Mr. Durani further added that the police officer became suspicious of the explosive device and the blast took place after the device was thrown away by the officer.
He said the police officer was injured following the blast and has been taken to the hospital for treatment.
In the meantime local residents said the area was shaked by a relatively heavy explosion which was followed by gun fire however police sources said that the firing took place to control the situation in the area.
No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.