A brutal suicide and gun attack on a police training center in southeast Afghanistan killed 32 people while wounding more than 200, an official said.
"The hospital is overwhelmed and we call on people to donate blood," said Shir Mohammad Karimi, deputy health director in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province. Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack and victims of the attack have been mostly women, students and police.
“At first a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the training centre, making way for a number of attackers to start their assault,” the interior ministry said in a statement.
A local official said two car bombs went off near the compound that also houses the provincial headquarters of the national police, border police and Afghan National Army.
The attack came hours after a US drone strike in Kurram Agency, part of which borders Paktia, killed at least 26 Haqqani militants, officials have said.
With PTI inputs