Car bomb kills at least 27 in Afghanistan

A huge car bomb blast killed over two dozen people and injured many more in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province late Friday (April 30) according local officials, who also said high school students were among the casualties.

The car packed with explosives detonated in the province's capital of Pul-e Alam.

Allah Noor was among the injured transferred to a Kabul hospital.

"I was at my tailor shop with others, and we wanted to break our fast when suddenly a blast took place and shattered all the doors and windows of my shop, and I don't remember what happened next."

Local authorities said the explosion happened near the house of the former provincial council head - which also operates as a guesthouse.

Hasibullah Stanekzai, the current head of the council, said the blast struck just as guests were breaking their fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

He added that the high school students were staying at the house, having traveled to the capital to sit their university entrance exams.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast.

A spokesman for the insurgent Taliban told Reuters they were looking into the matter.

Violence in Afghanistan has escalated in recent weeks, following President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw U.S. troops by Sept. 11 - ending two decades of foreign military presence.