PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan, July 28 (Xinhua) -- About 13 persons were injured after a bomb targeting police ripped through a local bazaar in Afghanistan's northern province of Balghlan on Thursday, a local official said.
"An improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a rickshaw was detonated in Baghlan-e-Markazi district at around 6:45 p.m. local time. The blast caused 13 people wounded," district governor Gowhar Baburi told Xinhua.
The target of the attack was a unit of Afghan Local Police (ALP) patrolling the area, he said.
Among the injured were two ALP personnel and 11 civilians. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital and none of the injured were in serious condition, the official added.
The government established the ALP, or community police, in 2010 to protect villages and districts around the country where army and police have limited presence.
So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban militant group has launched similar attacks in the past.
Some 1,601 civilian were killed and 3,565 injured in first six months of the year, according to a report released by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday. Enditem