16 dead, 38 wounded by blast in Kandahar city May 23, 2018 0 201 12345 AFPKandahar, AfghanistanAt least 16 people were killed and 38 wounded Tuesday when a minivan packed with explosives exploded as members of the security forces were trying to defuse it in southern Afghanistan, officials said.Police and intelligence officers in the city of Kandahar had already cleared the area around a bus station where the van was found, said the provincial governor's spokesman Daud Ahmadi."As the security forces were trying to defuse the van, it detonated,"said police spokesman Mohammad Qasim Azad."The latest figures show 16 dead and 38 wounded people brought to the hospital. We still have two ambulances at the site because there might be more people under the rubble,"said Dr Nehmat Barak, chief of the Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar.Ahmadi confirmed the toll, adding that the dead included four members of the security forces. At least five children and 10 members of the security forces were among the wounded.The blast was so powerful that most of the casualties were passers-by outside the cleared area."When I was going to my shop the area was closed by the security forces,"one witness who did not give his name, said."I was waiting for the way to be opened when a big explosion happened and I escaped from the area. My co-workers who were already in the shop have disappeared and I have no news about what happened to them."Another witness said he was inside his shop when the explosives detonated."I found myself among smoke and bloodstains and saw my hand broken,"he said.Ahmadi said security forces also found a large container of explosives, rocket-propelled grenades, suicide vests and ammunition near the site."The terrorists planned to conduct a big attack at the end of Ramadan in the city among crowds of people as they went out shopping for Eid... security forces prevented a disaster from happening,"one security official said.No group immediately claimed responsibility. The blast was quickly condemned by President Ashraf Ghani, who praised the"brave"officers who dealt with it.The Taliban are stepping up their spring offensive across the war-torn country.Late Monday the insurgents attacked two districts in the southeastern province of Ghazni, briefly capturing the police headquarters in one of them before being pushed back, said governor's spokesman Aref Noori.He said 16 members of the security forces had been killed in the fighting and the Taliban also suffered"heavy"losses, with sporadic clashes continuing Tuesday. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Govt under fire for allowing US diplomat to leave Pakistan May 23, 2018 0 34 Sabika's body expected to arrive early today: Sources May 23, 2018 0 27 Calls for restraint as Bangladesh drug war claims 11 more lives May 23, 2018 0 25 Pakistan likely to host India with other countries at SCO meet dawn.com islamabad Amid signs of improvement in relations between Pakistan and India, authorities in Islamabad are expecting to host an Indian delegation, among others, at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation .. Dozens feared dead in intense Karachi heatwave: Charity AFP Karachi Dozens of people are feared to have died in a heatwave gripping Pakistan's largest city Karachi this week, a charity in the sprawling metropolis said Tuesday, as temperatures hit 42 degrees Celsius (108 .. Two ethnic Sherpa guides confimed dead on Everest AFP Kathmandu Two Sherpa guides working on Everest were confirmed dead Tuesday, bringing the death toll on the world's highest peak this spring climbing season to five. The two guides -- both ethnic Sherpas from the .. Rohingya sent to PNG by Australia dies Sydney: A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar died Tuesday after jumping from a bus on a remote Papua New Guinea island, almost five years after he was sent there by Australia, officials said. The Refugee Action .. More than 108,000 Afghans displaced by conflict: UN dpa Kabul More than 108,000 people have been displaced in Afghanistan since the beginning of the year due to conflict and natural disasters, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has said. A total of ..