Bomb in northern town kill 1, wounds 2: Afghan official

JAWZJAN: Afghan officials say a bomb hidden in a vehicle carrying produce has exploded in a northern township, killing one person and wounding two.


Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, the police chief of Jawzjan province, said on Monday the vehicle was carrying beans through an intersection in Shibirghan when the bomb hidden in one of the sacks of beans detonated.

Shibirghan has largely been peaceful though insurgents have extended their presence to the north during this summer’s fighting season.

Jawzjan is the home province of First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, a former warlord with a reputation for past brutality.

Dostum, whose base is in Shibirghan, has recently taken his personal militia to fight the Taliban and other insurgents across the northern provinces.