By Shadi Khan Saif
The death toll in a suicide car bomb attack in central Maidan Wardak province has risen, an official said on Monday.
Sharifullah Hotak, a member of the Maidan Wardak provincial council, told local media the death toll -- which includes personnel of the Afghan special forces -- rose to 50.
Earlier Nusrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, told Anadolu Agency the attack took place at around 8 a.m. local time (0330GMT) and the target was a facility of National Directorate of Security, the country’s spy agency.
Rahimi said security forces managed to kill the two militants who wished to wage armed assault after the bombing.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Taliban claimed more than 100 security officers were killed in the attack.
Maidan Wardak province is situated less than 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of the capital of Kabul.
This is the second suicide car bombing in two days indicating an evident surge in the Taliban’s onslaughts amid the stalled peace process.
A day earlier, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a similar car bombing aimed at the convoy of a provincial governor in Logar province that killed at least eight security forces.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.