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Thursday, June 21, 2012

A suicide bombing in Afghanistan left 16 civilians and three NATO soldiers killed


At least 16 Afghan civilians and three foreign soldiers have died in a bomb attack on Wednesday by a suicide bomber in the city of Khost in eastern Afghanistan, as reported by the U.S. Embassy and the Afghan police. Gavin Sundwall, spokesman for the embassy said in a statement that three soldiers of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF, the NATO mission in the Central Asian country) and an Afghan interpreter were killed in the attack. According to the police chief in Khost province, Sardar Mohammad Zazai, the terrorist was riding on a motorcycle and detonated his explosives near a mosque in a busy area of ​​town. Zazai has been estimated at 16 civilians dead and local authorities have added that at least 30 people were injured, including women and children. One witness, a local merchant named Mohammad Gul, explained that the NATO troops and Afghan were making use of biometrics to control the population of Khost, the capital of the province of the same name, when "suddenly there was an explosion." Jost is one of the main theaters of operations Haqqani armed group linked to the Taliban and the United States has accused of a series of bombings in Kabul and attacks against international forces in other parts of the country.

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