Suicide bomber kills five Afghan children
Suicide bombers attacked foreign troops in central and southern Afghanistan, killing five child bystanders and wounding at least two soldiers.Updated: Jun 15, 2007 17:54 IST
Suicide bombers attacked foreign troops in central and southern Afghanistan on Friday, killing five child bystanders and wounding at least two soldiers, local police and a provincial government official said.
Separately, a US-coalition soldier was killed in combat in eastern Paktika province on Friday, the US military said. In both south and east Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents are waging an insurgency against the Afghan government and its foreign allies.
In the first suicide attack, a bomber rammed his car into a convoy of international troops in Tirin Kot, capital of the central province of Uruzgan, killing five children playing nearby, a provincial government official said.
"Two international soldiers were wounded," Mohammad Nabi told Reuters. Three civilian adults were also wounded, he added.
A second suicide bomber attacked a foreign troop convoy in the southern city of Kandahar, wounding at least five civilians, a police official said. He did not know if there were any troop casualties in the Kandahar attack.
An eyewitness said a man with explosives strapped to his body had approached the convoy and blew himself up.
A spokeswoman for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan could not immediately give details about either reported suicide attack.
A US military spokesman said the soldier killed in Paktika province had died from wounds sustained in combat. He declined to give any details or the nationality or name of the soldier.
First Published: Jun 15, 2007 17:50 IST