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2 Afghan Suicide Attacks Kill 8, Wound 41 in Single Day

Militancy and violent incidents have been on rise since April 28 when the Taliban launched its so-called spring offensive in Afghanistan.


(KABUL Xinhua) - The war-weary Afghans experienced two deadly suicide bombings Thursday, leaving eight people, including two attackers dead, and more than three dozen others injured, officials confirmed.

In the first incident during morning rush hour in the fortified capital city of Kabul, seven people, including an attacker and six non-combatants, were killed and nearly three dozen others wounded.

"The suicide attack carried out by terrorists this morning in Shah Shahid locality of Kabul city at around 08:00 a.m. local time claimed the lives of six civilians and injured 35 others majority of them children," a statement of Kabul police released here said.

It also added that the blast had damaged several nearby houses, shops and cars.

Although there is no confirmation on the NATO-led forces' possible casualties, according to locals at the site of the blast, some foreign soldiers were either killed or injured in the attack.

The attacker, according to a taxi driver, drove an explosives- packed Toyota Corolla car into a two-vehicle convoy of the foreign forces, tearing a vehicle to shreds and injuring 10 people including seven passersby and three foreigners.

Meantime, a spokesman of NATO-led forces when approached by Xinhua confirmed the attack against coalition forces, but noted that details will be released after the investigation.

Some 90 minutes later another attack, also in the shape of suicide bombing, hit a bazaar in Paktika province 155 km south of Afghan capital Kabul leaving two people including the attacker dead and wounding six others, all civilians.

"A terrorist strapped explosive device in his body blew himself up next to a pro-government tribal elder named Shir Zaman in the bazaar of Sarobi district at around 09:30 a.m. local time today killing a shopkeeper and injuring six others including Shir Zaman and two police," provincial police chief Daulat Khan Zadran told Xinhua.

The attacker was also killed in his blast, he added.

Militancy and violent incidents have been on rise since April 28 when the Taliban launched its so-called spring offensive in Afghanistan.



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