Tuesday 20 March 2018

Taliban child bomber kills four in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber said to be aged 12 has killed four people in east Afghanistan, one of several attacks a day after the Taliban announced a spring offensive.

A dozen people were injured as the suicide bomber struck a crowded market in Paktika province, killing a local official, a woman and two other men.

It was one of several attacks across the country that killed seven people, government officials said.

The insurgent movement announced in a statement on Saturday that it would step up operations against military bases, convoys and Afghan officials, including members of the peace council working to reconcile with top insurgent leaders.

The yearly offensive began after a winter lull in fighting.

Irish Independent

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