A suicide huge car bomb blast killed at least 27 people and injured dozens more in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province on Friday evening. High school students are among the casualties as well as pro-government militia members who were staying there while waiting for air transport, local officials said. The car packed with explosives detonated in Logar’s capital of Pul-e Alam near the house of the former head of the provincial council. The car bomb targeted a guesthouse in the city. The blast caused widespread damage in the area, including to a hospital and residential houses.No one immediately claimed responsibility for Friday’s bombing. President Ashraf Ghani has blamed on the Taliban. “The Taliban have once again shown that they are not only unwilling to resolve the current crisis peacefully and fundamentally, but are complicating the situation and wasting the opportunity for peace,” he said in a statement.There was no indication as to why the guest house was targeted. In Afghanistan, guest houses are lodgings often provided for free by the government, usually for the poor, travelers and students.
The blast struck just as guests were breaking their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. A ministry of health spokesman said dozens of people had been taken to hospital, some in a critical condition. Violence in Afghanistan has escalated in recent weeks after US President Joe Biden announced the US would withdraw troops ending 20 years of foreign military presence. The Taliban and government forces have clashed in near daily battles, inflicting high casualties on each other.