4 Killed in Bombing Afghanistan Market

The aftermath of an insurgent attack in Khost, Afghanistan. (AFP)
The aftermath of an insurgent attack in Khost, Afghanistan. (AFP)
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4 Killed in Bombing Afghanistan Market

The aftermath of an insurgent attack in Khost, Afghanistan. (AFP)
The aftermath of an insurgent attack in Khost, Afghanistan. (AFP)

Four people were killed on Sunday and 14 others wounded in a bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Khost, officials said.

The attack took place in a market, said local police chief Faizullah Ghairat.

Habib Shah Ansari, the provincial health director in Khost, said a bomb went off in a computer and mobile phone market, killing at least four civilians and wounding 15 others.

Another two civilians were killed in a separate bombing in the eastern Laghman province.

Sarhadi Zwak, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said two others were wounded in that attack.

No one claimed either attack, but the Taliban are active in both provinces.



Fire at Hospital in Iran’s North Kills 9 Patients

The Iranian flag. (AFP)
The Iranian flag. (AFP)
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Fire at Hospital in Iran’s North Kills 9 Patients

The Iranian flag. (AFP)
The Iranian flag. (AFP)

A fire broke out at a hospital in Iran's north, killing nine patients, state media reported Tuesday.

The blaze started at 1:30 local time (2200GMT) at Qaem Hospital in the city of Rasht, some 330 kilometers (about 205 miles) northwest of the capital Tehran, state TV said, leaving six women and three men dead.

Chief of the city fire department, Shahram Momeni, said on state TV that an electric short circuit in the basement — which harbors the intensive care unit — malfunctioned, causing the fire.

Momeni said emergency workers rescued more than 140 people, patients and hospital staff, after being trapped because of the smoke, and that 120 of them were hospitalized in other medical facilities. He added that an investigation has been ordered.

A video posted online appeared to show smoke billowing from the hospital in the middle of the night.

Iranian media occasionally report on fires in hospitals and clinics that are mainly blamed on technical issues.

In 2020, an explosion from a gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran killed 19 people.