Police say a car packed with explosives has gone off in a crowded market in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Paktika, killing no fewer than 30 people and injuring another 40.
Nissar Ahmad Abdulrahimzai, a local deputy police chief, told Reuters news agency that the police were taking all the wounded to hospitals.
The attack took place not far from Afghanistan’s porous border with Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, where the military has been attacking hideouts of the Pakistani Taliban in the past few weeks, prompting militants to retreat towards Afghanistan.
Abdulrahimzai added that the police had been tipped about the attack and were chasing it when the car exploded.
More violence erupted in the capital, Kabul, when a remote control bomb killed two employees of President Hamid Karzai’s media office and wounded five.
The attacks took place as foreign troops are gradually withdrawing from the country.