Twin Afghan blasts kill 14 people, wound 45 – officials
Twin explosions in the central Afghan province of Bamiyan killed at least 14 people and wounded 45 more, provincial officials said on Tuesday (November 24), as the international community pledged assistance for Afghanistan at a conference in Switzerland.
The two bombs, hidden at the side of a road in a main bazaar in Bamiyan city, killed 12 civilians and two traffic policemen, said Zabardast Safai, the police chief of the province, as they shattered shop fronts and left the ground littered with debris.
The other 45 people injured were mostly from a nearby restaurant and shops, Safai added.
Dozens of nations began pledging billions of dollars in aid for Afghanistan at the conference in Geneva on Tuesday, hoping that peace negotiations recently begun between the government and the Taliban will end nearly two decades of war.
Bamiyan has been seen as the country’s safest province due to its remote location in the central mountains.
The Taliban, which has been waging an insurgency against the foreign-backed Kabul administration since being toppled in late 2001, denied involvement in the bombings.