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Suicide Bomb Attack Rocks Northern Afghanistan

  • RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

Afghan officials say at least seven people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the country's north.

Shah Wali Shahed, deputy provincial governor for Parwan Province, said 26 were also wounded in the attack on April 5.

The blast occurred in Parwan's Seya Gerd district.

Mohammad Zaman Mamozai, the provincial police chief, said the suicide bomber was riding a motorcycle when he detonated his explosives.

Mamozai said the target of the attack was Afghan security forces. But he said the casualties were all civilians, including children.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, although the Taliban has been blamed for similar attacks in the past.

Parwan, a relatively stable province, is the site of the Bagram Airfield, the largest former U.S. base in Afghanistan.

The militants have intensified attacks against Afghan security forces and government targets across the country in the past year.