Sunday, April 21, 2013

3 civilians killed in E. Afghan suicide bombing

Districts of Paktika Province
Districts of Paktika Province (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
SHARAN, Afghanistan, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Three Afghan civilians were killed and seven others were wounded Sunday when a suicide bombing took place in the country's eastern province of Paktika, a provincial official said.

"The bombing took place in the main bazaar in Jani Khil district at around 11:30 a.m. (local time) Sunday," spokesman for provincial government, Mukhlis Afghan, told Xinhua.

The injured included five civilians and two Afghan National Police members, Afghan added.

The obvious target of the bombing was not clear at this span of time.

However, Hasanullah Hayat, former administrative chief of the district, was among the killed, the official said.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack in the province 155 km south of capital Kabul.

In a separate development, six Taliban insurgents were killed overnight when an Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that they were placing in a road went off prematurely in Kharwar district in eastern Logar province 60 km south of Kabul, a senior police official in the province told Xinhua earlier Sunday.

The Taliban-led insurgency and conflicts claimed the lives of more than 2,800 Afghan security forces and 400 foreign soldiers while leaving 2,754 civilians dead last year in the war-hit central Asian state.

2013-04-21 17:25:36

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