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Car Bomb Kills At Least 89 In Eastern Afghanistan

Afghan security personnel are pictured past mangled cars at the scene of a suicide attack at a busy market in Orgun district, Paktika province, July 15, 2014.

At least 89 people are reported dead after a car bomb exploded on July 15 at a market in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika Province.

The Associated Press quotes General Muhammad Zahir Azimi as saying that 42 other people were also wounded in the suicide attack, which destroyed some 20 shops at the market.

Azimi said the military has sent helicopters to bring the wounded to the hospital in Sharan, the provincial capital.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

Based on reporting by RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Reuters, AP, and Afghan Islamic Press