Skip to main content /WORLD /WORLD

26 killed in explosion in Afghan city

An official surveys the damage at a building in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where an explosion went off on Friday.  

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A powerful blast rocked a building belonging to a construction company Friday, killing at least 26 people and wounding as many as 80, according to the military commander in the city.

Cmdr. Hazarat Ali reported to the Afghan Defense Ministry that the explosion had gone off in a car parked in the compound of the Afghan Construction and Logistics Unit.

The death toll is expected to rise with hospital facilties stretched trying to cope with the casualities.

So far there is know known cause for the explosion, and no group has claimed responsibilitiy for the blast.

Attack on America
 CNN NewsPass Video 
Agencies reportedly got hijack tips in 1998
Intelligence intercept led to Buffalo suspects
Report cites warnings before 9/11
Timeline: Who Knew What and When?
Interactive: Terror Investigation
Terror Warnings System
Most wanted terrorists
What looks suspicious?
In-Depth: America Remembers
In-Depth: Terror on Tape
In-Depth: How prepared is your city?
On the Scene: Barbara Starr: Al Qaeda hunt expands?
On the Scene: Peter Bergen: Getting al Qaeda to talk

There are two main lines of speculation however.

One suggests the blast was a deliberate terrorist attack involving a bomb placed in a car in the company's carpark.

The other main theory is the explosion was an accidental detonation of quarry blasting materials stored in the company's warehouse.

The company had been a non-government organization, but has since become a private company contracted by the government to build roads.

Authorities in Jalalabad have detained some of the company's employees for questioning.

Jalalabad is about a six-hour drive east from the Afghan capital of Kabul. Taliban and al Qaeda fighters are said to be active in the area.

In Washington, a senior administration official told CNN: "The White House is aware of the explosion in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, but does not know what caused the blast."




Back to the top