Bombings, attack on US troops, kill 13 Afghans
A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan killed three Afghan civilians and wounded four on Friday, while in another eastern province, 10 people died when their minivan hit a roadside bomb, officials said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the convoy attack, which took place near the U.S. military base not far from the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province.
No American soldiers were hurt in the bombing, said Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal, the spokesman for the provincial police chief.
The attack happened outside the gates of the base as the convoy was returning from an early patrol, according to an official at the base who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.
The area is built up, with residential housing mixed with retail outlets, mostly selling vehicles. Friday is the weekend in Afghanistan and the area is typically bustling with people.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the insurgent group was behind the attack.
The bombing came just two days after an Afghan soldier turned his weapon on American troops at the Nangarhar provincial governor’s compound, about 5 kilometers (8 miles) from the U.S. base. One U.S. soldier was killed and eight others were wounded in the attack.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack, which was the first socalled “insider attack” to target NATO troops since they ended their combat mission at the start of the year.
Also Friday, 10 people were killed when a minivan they were traveling in hit a roadside mine in the remote eastern Ghazni province, according to Deputy Gov. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi.
The insurgents have been fight- ing the Kabul government since the Taliban were overthrown by a U.S.-led invasion in 2001. As the weather warms up, attacks from militants moving into Afghanistan across the mountains that border Pakistan are expected to intensify.
In the capital, Kabul, a suicide bomber in a car targeted armored vehicles, wounding two civilians, according to Farid Afzali Kabul, the head of the Kabul police’s criminal investigation unit. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
Afghan security personnel gather at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, April 10.