At least eleven people were killed, and 13 others were wounded in two blasts occurring on Thursday evening in Mazar-i-Sharif of Balkh province.

Iran PressAsia:  Two explosions, within minutes of each other, killed at least Eleven people and wounded 13 in northern Afghanistan on Thursday, a spokesman for a Taliban-appointed police chief said.

According to Mohammad Asif Waziri, the spokesman, the blasts targeted two separate vehicles in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province.

A spokesman for the Balkh security department said that the blasts were due to explosives placed in vehicles.  

Provincial health officials confirmed hospitals had received the bodies of the slain and were treating the wounded.  

No one so far has claimed the responsibility for the blasts.

Residents in the area said members of the Shiite minority Hazara ethnic group appeared to be the target.


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