SUICIDE BOMBING IN AFGHAN CITY OF KHOST : AT LEAST 14 PEOPLE KILLED

Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2012 and is filed under International News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

Afghans carry a dead body to a police vehicle near the site of suicide bombing in Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2012. Three NATO soldiers and a high-ranking Afghan police official were among 14 killed in a suicide bombing in Khost city, the capital of eastern Afghan province of Khost, on Monday morning.

 MT NEWS: A suicide bombing in the eastern Afghan city of Khost has killed at least 14 people, three of them Nato soldiers, officials say.

Nato did not confirm the nationalities of the soldiers, but correspondents say US troops operate in the area.

Taliban insurgents said they carried out the attack, which also killed four Afghan police.

Witnesses said the attacker waited for troops to leave their vehicles before detonating the bomb.

At least six civilians were also killed and 60 people were wounded in the attack.

The bomber targeted a coalition convoy passing through a crowded part of Khost,  according to  BBC’s Quentin Sommerville in Kabul.

Spike in violence: 

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He says American troops serve in the area – although an announcement on the nationality of the soldiers is still awaited.

Khost, like other parts of eastern Afghanistan, has seen a dramatic rise in violence.

In June, a suicide bomber killed 21 people including three US troops and a local interpreter in the city.

The attack drove a motorcycle laden with explosions to a joint Nato-Afghan military checkpoint set up in a crowded bazaar.

The Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network regularly mount large-scale attacks and suicide bombings in the area.

Over the weekend, a shooting at a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan took the US military’s death toll in the war past 2,000.

Three US soldiers and contractor were killed in the attack in Wardak province on Saturday, along with three Afghan soldiers.

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