At least 16 people have been killed in a suicide bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s northern province of Faryab.
The provincial governor explained the bomber struck near the entrance to what was a busy market and that the target was unclear.
The attack comes as the country prepares for presidential elections on April 5.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for carrying out the bombing, but Taliban insurgents and the al-Qaeda affiliated group the Movement of Uzbekistan are active in what is a volatile region.
At least 28 people were wounded and taken to local hospitals for treatment.