Ge­or­gian sol­dier killed in at­tack

Tal­iban sui­cide bomber hits NATO con­voy, U.S. says.

Austin American-Statesman - - NATION/WORLD -

A KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Tal­iban sui­cide bomber dis­guised as a woman rammed his mo­tor­cy­cle into an in­ter­na­tional con­voy, killing a NATO sol­dier and two Afghan civil­ians in an at­tack north of the Afghan cap­i­tal, the U.S. mil­i­tary said Fri­day. It was the sec­ond deadly as­sault this week on a NATO con­voy.

Stepped up Tal­iban at­tacks this week have fo­cused mostly on the coun­try’s south, but there was also a deadly bomb­ing in the west­ern city of Herat, where 32 peo­ple died in a mil­i­tant as­sault on a Shi­ite mosque.

Thurs­day evening’s at­tack hit the NATO pa­trol near the town of Qarabagh, barely 18 miles north of Kabul, the Afghan cap­i­tal, the U.S. mil­i­tary said.

The day be­fore, a sui­cide at­tacker hit a con­voy on the edge of the south­ern city of Kan­da­har, killing two U.S. sol­diers and wound­ing an­other four. Both at­tacks were claimed by the Tal­iban.

Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. mil­i­tary, three other Ge­or­gian sol­diers were wounded in Thurs­day’s bomb­ing, as well as two U.S. ser­vice mem­bers and an Afghan in­ter­preter. The mil­i­tary said the wounded are in sta­ble con­di­tion re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at the U.S. mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal at Ba­gram Air Base, also north of Kabul.

The dis­trict gover­nor in Qarabagh, Ab­dul Sami Shar­ifi, said the at­tacker con­cealed his ex­plo­sives be­neath the all-en­velop­ing women’s gar­ment known as a burqa. He rammed his mo­tor­cy­cle into the NATO pa­trol, set­ting off his ex­plo­sives, Shar­ifi said.

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