10 kids killed in Afghan suicide attack
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10 kids killed in Afghan suicide attack

Afghan police say a suicide bomber has killed nine school pupils and a policeman outside a market in the country's east. They say the attacker was targeting a passing US military patrol but it was unclear if there were any American casualties.

world Updated: Jun 04, 2013 01:47 IST

A suicide bomb attack targeting US and Afghan forces killed 10 children outside a school as they headed home from class in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.

One policeman was also killed and two coalition soldiers were among some 16 people wounded, Zalmai Uriakhail, the police chief of Paktia province, told AFP, adding that the attack used an explosives-packed motorcycle.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it had no information on casualties but was looking into the incident.

Uriakhail said the attack occurred in a market in Chamkani district at about 11:00 am as pupils were leaving school after morning lessons.

“A suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated his explosives in a crowded area outside the school,” he said. “The children had finished their studies and they were heading home.”

First Published: Jun 03, 2013 13:45 IST