Two explosions in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province killed at least 14 people and wounded at least 45 others Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Two roadside bombs were hidden in the main bazaar of Bamiyan City before detonating simultaneously, according to Reuters. Among the 14 dead are two police officers, provincial Police Chief Zabardast Safai told the outlet. (RELATED: Archaeologist Believes House Under Ancient Convent Is The Childhood Home Of Jesus Christ)
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The victims were primarily those in nearby shops and restaurants, reported Reuters. Bamiyan is in a somewhat isolated location in the country’s central mountains and has been considered Afghanistan’s safest province as a result, according to Reuters. The ruling Hazara tribe in the area have been longtime adversaries of the Taliban. (RELATED: Yemen On Verge Of World’s Worst Famine In Decades As US Threatens Rebels, UN Chief Warns)
The Hazaras are Shi’ite Muslims, a minority in Afghanistan that is often subjected to attacks from Sunni militants such as ISIS, Reuters reported. Almost 6,000 Afghan civilians were killed in the first nine months of this year, according to the United Nations.
The attack came as dozens of members of the international community promised billions of dollars in aid to the war-town country at a conference in Geneva Tuesday, as reported by Reuters.