Saturday 25 November 2017

NATO soldiers among 14 killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing

The site of a suicide bombing in Khost, south of Kabul, Afghanistan
The site of a suicide bombing in Khost, south of Kabul, Afghanistan

Rob Taylor

A SUICIDE bomber killed 14 people, including three NATO soldiers and four police, and wounded 37 in Afghanistan's volatile eastern Khost province today.

Six civilians and an Afghan interpreter also died in the attack.

A witness said a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform struck as US soldiers patrolled the city of Khost. A NATO spokeswoman confirmed only that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Provincial Governor Abdul Jabar Nahimi said the bomber had been riding a motorcycle packed with explosives and 37 civilians were wounded in the blast.

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility, although Afghan insurgents are quick to claim any successful attack on foreign troops as their own.

The bombing followed the killing of two Americans yesterday in an exchange of fire with Afghan forces that took the death toll of US military and civilian personnel to over 2,000 in the 11-year war.

Insider attacks by members of the Afghan security forces against NATO allies have resulted in 52 deaths this year among foreign forces and this month prompted a tightening of rules for joint patrols between coalition and Afghan forces.

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