Kabul, Sep 19 : In a yet another deadly attack, a truck bomb in Afghanistan's southern part exploded on Thursday morning killing more than 20 people and injuring dozens, officials said.
Insurgent group Taliban claimed it was behind the attack.The explosion occurred in the southern Afghan city of Qalat-e Gilzay near the Zabul Civil Hospital.
Earlier, Zabul governor's spokesman, Gul Islam Sial, told Sputnik that 60 people were injured and 12 killed, all of them hospital patients and civilians.
The victims of the incident were mostly doctors, nurses and patients at the Zabul Civil Hospital that was severely damaged in the attack, a source at the hospital said.
The injured have been transferred to the city of Kandahar as private local hospitals have no capacity to treat them.
The Taliban, who have been carrying out nearly daily attacks since the collapse of peace talks with the United States this month, said the target was a nearby building of the government’s intelligence department in Qalat, the capital of Zabul province.
“The number of casualties may rise as rescue teams and people are still searching for bodies under the rubble,” sources said.
There has been no let-up in Taliban attacks across Afghanistan as it prepares for a presidential election this month.
The Taliban has warned that its fighters will step up their campaign against the Afghan government and foreign forces to dissuade people from voting in the September 28 election.
On September 17, two suicide bombers blew themselves in Afghanistan's Parwan province next to a spot where supporters of President Ashraf Ghani were gathered, killing 26 people and injuring 42.(UNI)