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Eight children die in mine attack

Written by kumaran   // June 11, 2011   // Comments Off


A SERIES of bombs and explosions killed 20 people in Afghanistan, including at least 12 children and women.

In the deadliest attack, a vehicle hit a mine in the southern province of Kandahar, one of the main battlegrounds in the nearly 10-year Taliban-led insurgency against the Kabul government and NATO troops.

“Fifteen civilians were killed, including eight children, four women and three men,” the government said.

Mines and crudely-made bombs planted on the side of the road are trademark tactics of the Taliban and other Islamist insurgents fighting to bring down the Western-backed government and evict US-led foreign troops.

Attacks also hit eastern Afghanistan, which like the south has been a flashpoint for violence – particularly in areas bordering Pakistan, where Afghan Taliban and other militants have carved out safe havens.

The interior ministry said that six civilians, including a woman and two children, were wounded by mortars fired at a district police headquarters in the eastern province of Kunar.

In eastern Khost, a suicide bomber killed three people, including the commander of a provincial Afghan police rapid reaction force, and wounded 12 others, officials said.

Khost, a volatile province in eastern Afghanistan, borders the Pakistani tribal area of Waziristan, where the Taliban is known to have rear bases and where US officials are putting pressure on Pakistan to launch a military operation.

Meanwhile, two policemen were killed and nine wounded when two successive blasts hit the eastern province of Laghman, also on the border with Pakistan.

The interior ministry said the first explosion occurred in the provincial capital, Mehtar Lam, which caused no casualties, followed by a second explosion when police arrived at the scene, causing the fatalities. [Read More]

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