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Children among victims of suicide blast

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2008-12-28

A suicide bomber killed 16 people, including 14 children, and wounded dozens more in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, a day after an explosion in the southern province of Kandahar killed two Canadian soldiers and two Afghans.

AFP - A suicide car bomb in eastern Afghanistan Sunday killed 14 children and two adults, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said, in an attack similar to others by extremist insurgents.
  
The bomber had blown himself up outside district government offices in the eastern province of Khost as local leaders were meeting to discuss security and elections due next year, police said.
  
"In the process he killed 16 Afghans and wounded 58 others," ISAF said in a statement. "Fourteen children were amongst those killed, and one was an Afghan National Army soldier."
  
The bomber detonated his device as police opened fire to stop him from reaching the government headquarters in the district of Ismail Khail, also known as Mando Zayi.
  
District governor Dawlat Khan Qayomi said his information was that 12 children and two soldiers -- one with the national army and another with a pro-government militia -- were killed.
  
Provincial health director Amir Badsha Rahmatzai said 50 wounded were in the public hospital. One of other wounded taken to an ISAF hospital had died, he said.
  
The blast was condemned by President Hamid Karzai and the United Nations.
  
It was not clear who was responsible for the attack but militants from the Taliban, who were in government between 1996 and 2001, have carried out scores of similar suicide bombings as part of an insurgency against Karzai's government.

Date created : 2008-12-28

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