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Car Bomb Kills At Least 41 In Eastern Afghanistan

A protective barrier at Forward Operating Base in Orgun, Paktika Province.

At least 41 people are reported dead after a car bomb exploded on July 15 in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika Province.

Nissar Ahmad Abdulrahimzai, the local deputy police chief, added that some 30 people were also wounded in the blast and were taken to hospitals.

The explosion in Paktika came the same day a roadside bomb in eastern Kabul killed two employees of the presidential palace.

The explosion struck a minivan carrying seven staffers of the palace's media office.

The blast killed two passengers and also wounded five people, including the driver.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said his group was responsible for the attack on the minivan and claimed that three people had been killed.

With additional reporting from Reuters, AP, and Afghan Islamic Press