A roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed seven petroleum company employees on board a bus, according to a spokesman for the provincial police.
“The bomb was placed in a cart by the roadside. It was detonated as the bus arrived,” said Asif Waziri, of the Balkh police department in Mazar-i-Sharif.
Although the Taliban assert that they have increased security throughout the country since seizing control in August of last year, there have been numerous bombings and other attacks, many of which have been claimed by the local Daesh affiliate.
A blast at a madrassa in Aybak, southeast of Mazar-i-Sharif, earlier this month resulted in at least 19 fatalities and 24 injuries.
Waziri informed AFP The explosion on Tuesday occurred in the city’s Sayed Abad Square neighborhood about 7:00 am (0230 GMT).
Six people, he claimed, had been hurt in the explosion.
There has been no claim of responsibility, and more information was not immediately available.