A bomb set off on a motorcycle in Kandahar, Afghanistan, killed three and left at least 11 injured, Afghanistan’s 24-hour television network TOLOnews reported Sunday. Among the dead is a member of the Afghan National Army. Two police officers were injured, Kandahar journalist Mamoon Durrani reported via Twitter.
The bombing was reported to be a suicide attack by an assailant on a motorcycle. The blast was set off near Shiyas’ Masjid, a mosque in Kandahar's first district. Feroz Mahbobi, another Kandahar journalist, reported “serious damage” and "casualties everywhere” in a message sent on Twitter at 9:38 a.m. EDT. A local hospital is accepting casualties and treating those injured, Mahbobi wrote.
— feroz Mahbobi (@ferozmahbobi) July 5, 2015
A roadside bomb killed 14 people and injured five in Kandahar on June 20, News24 reported. That event was the first major attack in the area in June. Following that event, a suicide bombing wounded at least 22 people and led to at least one death in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 30, the New York Times reported.
In 2014, 10,548 civilian casualties and 3,699 deaths were documented by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Those casualty numbers were recorded as the most in a single year since 2009, the New York Times noted.
Kandahar, which is in the south, is the second largest city in Afghanistan. The city was where Osama bin Laden organized and ordered the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States.
Since the United States pulled out its troops and aid money from Kandahar, businesses have been “struggling to survive,” a local ice cream shop owner told the Washington Post in May. The issue is in part due to lack of electricity generation.