At Least 15 Killed in Central Afghanistan Rickshaw Bombing

Attack happened at Quran recitation ceremony

At least 15 civilians were killed and 20 others wounded Friday in Afghanistan’s Ghazni Province, when a motortized rickshaw bomb was detonated at the site of a Quran recitation ceremony.

Witnesses say that the bomber detonated when children selling items surrounded him, and 11 children were among the killed. There has been no claim of responsibility so far.

Ghazni is a heavily contested province, roughly split between government and Taliban forces. This also makes the area a potential target for ISIS, which is at odds with both.

It is difficult to speculate on this attack, as the victims were mostly innocent children, and there was no report of any obvious intended target  at the site.

Author: Jason Ditz

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