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Ghazni vehicle blast kills 3, Afghanistan interior ministry says

At least three people were killed and more than a dozen others reported injured after an explosion in the central Afghan city of Ghazni on Wednesday, May 22, the interior ministry and police said.

The explosion near the former Provincial Reconstruction Team base occurred after police ordered a vehicle believed to be packed with explosives to stop at a checkpoint. Police fired a rocket at the vehicle after the driver refused the order, Tolo News reported.

The U.S.-made Humvee was being chased by security forces as it raced for the gates to Ghazni, an interior ministry spokesperson said.

“After it failed to stop at the signal of security forces, they opened fire, first hitting its tires, then hitting it with a rocket,” the spokesperson, Nasrat Rahimi, said.

Two police officers and a child were killed, the ministry said, with as many as 15 other people reported wounded in the explosion.

The Afghan interior ministry said four Taliban militants in the vehicle were also killed.

With reporting from AFP

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