The Paktia Police Command said in a statement that a Taliban car bomb explosion in the Rohani Baba district of the province killed and wounded over 40 people, including security personnel and civilians on Monday.
Police said that the Taliban car bomb was trying to target a People’s Uprising Forces checkpoint but was identified by the security forces before it could reach them.
After the explosion, clashes took place between the Uprising forces members and the Taliban, as a result of which three militants were killed and five were wounded.
According to Paktia Police, the car bomb killed two members of the Uprising forces and wounded another one. However, 40 civilians, including women and children, were wounded while two mosques and around 50 nearby homes were damaged.