Landmine blasts kill 18 near Chaman border
09 July, 2012
QUETTA: At least 18 people were killed and seven others were injured in two landmine explosions in Shena Rai area of Afghanistan, some 30 kilometres away from Chaman boarder on Sunday.
According to Qila Abdullah Deputy Commissioner Bahsiher Bangulzai, a car was on its way from Chaman to Spin Boldak in Afghanistan when it hit a landmine in Shena Rai area. Later, a truck carrying 25 people was sent to rescue the blast victims, but it also hit a landmine.
As a result, 18 people, including women and children, were killed and seven others injured. According to Assistant Commissioner Habibullah Musakhel, the seven injured were shifted to the Chaman District Headquarters Hospital for treatment. Identification of the deceased could not be ascertained. No group has claimed responsibility of the attack so far, he said.
Local sources confirmed the victims were all Afghans while the officials refused to verify their identities as the blasts took place on the other side of the border. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf have condemned the blast. The president also directed the administration to provide immediate and best medical facilities to the injured and report him on the incident.