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Bomb blasts kill two civilians in Zabul

AT-KABUL: At least two civilians were killed and six others wounded while a motorcycle and a car struck a couple of bombs placed at a roadside in southern Zabul province, local officials said Monday.

Provincial governor, Gul Islam Seyal said that the blasts took place in the Shinkay and Maiwand districts while a policeman was also killed in the blast.

Meanwhile, provincial governor spokesman Samim Khpolwak said a woman was also wounded in the incident and two victims were in critical conditions.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it is believed to have been carried out by Taliban militant group.

Although the terrorists have been pushed out of Zabul and other major cities by the government forces and the international troops, they continue to carry out incursions into the country.

Years of instability, violence and famine have left a million people dead and more than half a million internally displaced in the country.

More than half a million Afghans have been internally displaced by conflict so far this year, the highest number on record, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan announced in a report earlier December.

As of 30 November, 515,815 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been recorded as newly displaced in Afghanistan in 2016.

This surpasses last year’s record of approximately 471,000 IDPs, and is around 15 percent higher than the same time last year, according to the report.

More than 1.3 million Afghans have been internally displaced by conflict in the past five years, with severe humanitarian impact. As the conflict continues, increasing numbers of Afghans need humanitarian assistance, at the same time the humanitarian community are facing greater challenges in safely accessing vulnerable families, it said.

“When forced to leave their homes because of conflict, Afghan families face enormous challenges. They often lose their homes and livelihoods. It is not uncommon for displaced people to live in tents, and to be unable to feed their children or send them to school,” said Dominic Parker, Head of Office for UNOCHA in Afghanistan.

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