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.

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