A roadside bomb blast killed a bus carrying government employees during morning rush hour in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, according to a Taliban official.

The attack in Mazar-e Sharif, the provincial capital, also injured seven, said Mohammad Asif Waziri, a Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Balkh province police chief.

The bomb was attached to a car on the side of the road and exploded as a Hiaratan oil and gas department bus taking employees to work was passing by.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, although the regional affiliate of the Islamic State group, known as Islamic State in Khorasan Province and a rival to the country’s ruling Taliban, has increased its attacks since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 2021.

Images of the scene posted on social media showed a damaged bus and another vehicle, along with several carts and fruit stands scattered along the road after the explosion. The bus was later removed.

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