A suicide bomber targeted international troops in the city of Herat on Saturday, an uncommon event in the relatively peaceful western region of Afghanistan. Five soldiers were wounded in the blast, officials said.
Bomb attacks are relatively rare in or near
The bomber struck as a convoy of foreign troops was driving from the airport on the outskirts of
A spokesman for NATO-led force in western
Most ISAF troops in
Taliban militants have launched dozens of suicide bomb attacks this year, about half of them aimed at international troop convoys.
But only some 4 percent of the victims are foreign soldiers, and the vast majority of those killed, some 80 percent, are Afghan civilians, security experts say.
The austere Islamist Taliban have both intensified the number of their attacks and extended their influence into areas hitherto relatively untouched by the violence raging in the mainly Pashtun south and east of the country.
Date created : 2008-10-18