A huge explosion has killed at least 30 people in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province, according to officials.
The car bomb detonated on Friday in Logar’s capital of Pul-e Alam near the home of the former head of the provincial council and not far from a hospital, Didar Lawang, the spokesman for Logar’s governor, said.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast.
Violence in Afghanistan has escalated in recent weeks after US President Joe Biden announced the US would withdraw troops by September 11 to end 20 years of foreign military presence.
That decision angered the Taliban which had signed a deal with previous US President Donald Trump that specified troops would be gone from the country by May 1, subject to certain security guarantees.
Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said that the death toll from Friday’s blast could rise.
About 60 people were wounded, according to the head of Logar’s provincial council, Hasibullah Stanekzai.
A ministry of health spokesman said about 40 people had been taken to hospital, some in a critical condition.