A civilian was killed and another one was wounded in an explosion in Gardez city, the provincial capital of Paktia province.

The incident took place earlier today after a magnetic improvised explosive device planted in a civilian vehicle went off.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Abdullah Hasrat confirmed that one civilian was killed and another civilian was wounded in the explosion which took place around 10 am local time.

He said the civilians were travelling in the vicinity of the 2nd police district of the city when the magnetic bomb planted in their vehicle was detonated.

Hasrat further added that the victim has been identified as Samiullah Ahmadzai who was serving with the directorate for labor, social affairs, and martyrs of Paktia province.

No individual or group including the Taliban insurgents has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Paktia is located along the Durand Line close to the tribal regions of Pakistan which is home to several Taliban insurgents and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network.

The militants often carry out insurgency activities including coordinated attacks on government and security compounds in this province.


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