Herat regional hospital
Herat regional hospital

34 dead, 17 injured after road side bomb hits commuter bus in Western Afghanistan

A road side bomb killed 34 civilians and injured 17 more in Farah province.

Local officials in the western Herat province confirmed that as many as 34 passengers were killed, and 17 others wounded after their riding commuter bus was hit by a planted roadside bomb. The accident incident took place on Wednesday morning on Herat-Kandahar highway.

The victims are all said to be civilians including women and children.

Meanwhile, Bashir Ahmad, a staff at Herat regional hospital, confirmed that as many as five dead bodies along with 17 wounded people were taken to the hospital. He added that some of the wounded passengers were in critical condition.

Muhibullah Muhib, spokesperson for Farah police, told Etilaat-e-Roz that the incident took place in Balabuluk district of Fara province. He confirmed that 28 people were dead and 10 wounded in the incident.

The incident comes a day after UNAMA said in its recent report that “the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), mainly in non-suicide attacks, was the second leading cause, representing 28 per cent of the total.”