KABUL, April 12 (Xinhua) — Civilians often pay high prices in the war-zones, particularly in militancy-plagued Afghanistan as considerable number of the victims of three suicide bombings elsewhere in the country over the past seven days were civilians, according to officials.
Since beginning this month, three suicide bombings have rocked Parwan, Kandahar and the eastern Nangarhar province. About 12 recruits of national army were killed and 26 others injured in the latest one occurred outside Nangarhar’s provincial capital Jalalabad city on Monday, according to defense ministry’s statement.
However, local officials in Jalalabad put the number of casualties higher than reported by defense ministry, saying 13 people including 12 army recruits and the bomber had been killed and 40 others including 26 army recruits and 14 civilians sustained injuries, some in critical condition.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in a statement blamed the enemies of Afghanistan for the deadly attack and condemned it in its strongest term.
Previously on April 6, a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kandahar city, the capital of southern Kandahar province killing himself and a civilian and injured another civilian, according to provincial police spokesman Zia Durani.
Similarly, a suicide bomber riding motorbike detonated his explosive device next to a school in Sia Gird district of the eastern Parwan province on April 5, killing himself and six innocent civilians, according to district governor Mohammad Sayyed Seddiqi.
The official in talks with Xinhua asserted that 26 more civilians sustained injuries in the deadly incident.
Civilians in Afghanistan usually bear the brunt of war as report of UNAMA (UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) released in February said that militancy and conflicts had claimed 3,545 lives of civilians and injured 7,457 others in 2015.