Kabul: At least 89 civilians, including several children and women, were killed and 42 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a busy marketplace in the southeastern Afghan province of Paktika, an official said.

The attack took place at noon in the Orgun district marketplace, defence ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi told Efe news agency.

“I can confirm that 89 people, including children and women, died and 42 others were injured,” said Azimi. The market was full of people who were shopping, provincial Governor Mohamed Reza Kharoti told Efe.

Tuesday’s attack was one of the deadliest in Afghanistan in recent years.

Sixty-two people died in two attacks against the Shia minority in 2011 and 41 others perished in another suicide attack during the Eid-ul-Adha or the Feast of the Sacrifice in 2012.