An explosion injured at least 18 civilians in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, the security officials said.

Adelshah Adel, a spokesaman for the provincial police said an explosives-laden bicycle went off in Mazar-e Sharif city, the provincial capital of Balkh province which injured at least 18 civilians.

However, another security official said the explosion wounded at least 23 people including security personnel.

The officials further added that five Traffic Police and an Afghan National Police (ANP) soldier were also among those wounded.

No individual or group including Taliban has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Taliban militants and other insurgent groups frequently use improvised explosive devices to target the security forces and government personnel.

But the majority of roadside bombings inflict casualties on ordinary civilians.

This comes as an Improvised Explosive Device explosion killed 10 civilians including women and children in South-eastern Khost province of Afghanistan earlier today.


  • Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.