May 23rd, 2011
11:33 AM ET

Suicide bomber kills 4 in attack at market in eastern Afghanistan

A suicide bomber blew himself up Monday at an outdoor market in the eastern Afghanistan province of Laghman, killing four people and injuring 12, a spokesman for the provincial governor said.

The blast occurred at about noon in the village of Alishang, northeast of the capital city of Kabul, said spokesman Faizan Patan.

The bomber detonated an explosive device at the market, which was next to a local hotel, Patan said.
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May 18th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

14 dead in attack on police bus in Afghanistan

A suicide attack in an eastern Afghan province Wednesday killed 14 people and wounded 18 others, police said.

The suicide bomber targeted a police bus that was coming from a training academy, said Alisha Paktiawal, police chief of Nangarhar province. The dead included 10 police.

Militants often target security forces in Afghanistan. An explosion in April killed three police academy trainers in Nangarhar.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack in a statement and blamed it on terrorists intimidated by the growing strength of Afghan security forces.

Journalist Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.

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March 28th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Suicide attack kills at least 13 in Afghanistan

A suicide bombing targeting contractors working in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 13 people and wounded 50 others, according to conflicting accounts by NATO and government officials Monday.

The Afghan Interior Ministry described an attack that killed 20 construction workers and wounded 56 others.

The governor's office in Paktika Province had a third account of a suicide attack.

"Twenty-four people were killed and 59 people were injured while a car bomb full of explosive devices entered in to Zahir Construction Company and detonated the explosive at 8:30 p.m. last night," the governor's office said in a statement.

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13 dead in Lahore blast, 3 dead in Karachi, Pakistan
Pakistani men shift an injured blast victim to a hospital following a suicide bomb blast in Lahore, Pakistan.
January 25th, 2011
11:04 AM ET

13 dead in Lahore blast, 3 dead in Karachi, Pakistan

Suicide bombings targeting Shiite Muslims on Tuesday killed 16 people in Pakistan, 13 in Lahore and three in Karachi.

The Lahore blast occurred in front of a market and near a procession of
Shiite mourners commemorating the 40th day of Ashura, which observes the death
of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson.

In Karachi, a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle blew himself up next to
a police van at a security checkpoint outside another Shiite festival, police
said. Two police officers were killed in the blast. Police say Shiites were the
target.

The attacks reflect the sectarian violence that erupts in Pakistan from
time to time. Shiite Muslims are a minority in Pakistan, a Sunni majority
country.

Zahid Pervez, medical superintendent at a hospital in Lahore, told
reporters that dead bodies, including one woman, were brought to the hospital.
Police said at least four officers were killed. Pervez said 52 injured people
were also brought to the hospital, and 15 of them were in critical condition.

Shakir Ullah Shakir, a spokesman for the Fedayeen-e-Islam, said his group
targeted the Lahore procession and labeled the Shiites enemies of Islam.

The group is an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban and Laskhar-e Jangvi. Both Sunni militant groups are notorious for targeting Pakistan's Shiites.

One of the senior leaders of Fedayeen-e Islam is Qari Hussein - widely believed to be the trainer of child suicide bombers for the Pakistani Taliban.

Nayab Haider, Lahore police spokesman, told CNN the suicide bomber was between 13 to 15 years old and that the boy tried to enter the procession carrying a bag.

Moments after police stopped him, the attacker blew himself up, Haider said.

Local TV reports showed footage of debris and rescue crews whisking away injured people.

Pakistani intelligence agencies had warned Shiite religious leaders in Pakistan's major cities about the threat of attacks targeting events commemorating the holy day. FULL POST

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December 23rd, 2010
10:22 AM ET

Police officer killed in Afghan suicide attack

A police officer was killed and five others were wounded during a suicide attack in northern Kunduz province in Afghanistan, a local official said.

"The suicide attacker detonated himself in the Chowk area of Kunduz city at 8 in the morning" said Mahbibullah Saidi, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

Hamdullah Danishi, acting governor of the province, confirmed the suicide attack and said that the suicide attacker wanted to target a police checkpoint.

Three children were among those injured, officials said.

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November 29th, 2010
10:11 AM ET

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 8 in Afghanistan

At least eight people were killed Saturday when two suicide bombers attacked the police headquarters in southeastern Afghanistan's Paktika province, a police official said.

The first attacker detonated his explosives around 11:30 a.m. (2 a.m. ET) and the second attacker struck half an hour later, said Gen. Daud Andrabi, director of the Police Coordination Center in southeastern Afghanistan.

There were other reports of more casualties, Andrabi said, and it was also not clear how many of the victims were police officers and how many were civilians.

In the east, a NATO-led service member was killed in a bombing on Saturday, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said. ISAF didn't specify the precise location or identify the person's nationality.

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