January 12th, 2011
08:24 AM ET

6 coalition troop deaths, 2 killed in suicide attack

Violence erupted in Afghanistan on Wednesday
when assaults killed five coalition troops and a suicide bomber killed two people.

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the service members died in attacks in volatile regions of the country.

Four service members died in the east, three in an improvised explosive device, or IED attack and one in what was described as an insurgent attack. A service member died in an IED attack in the south.

A sixth ISAF service member died after a non-battle-related injury in eastern Afghanistan.

The precise locations and nationalities of the troops were not available.

In central Kabul, at least two people were killed and 32 wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying government employees, authorities said.

The attacker drove a motorcycle toward a bus carrying staffers with the National Directorate of Security - the Afghan intelligence agency - and detonated explosives, said Mohammed Zahir, the head of the criminal investigation unit of the interior ministry.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said the militant group was behind the attack.

Among those killed, one was an intelligence agency employee and the other was a civilian, the agency said.

The wounded included six intelligence agency staffers, said agency spokesman Litusullah Mashal.

CNN's Joe Sterling contributed to this report.

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  1. Dindy.....

    Drove a Motor Bike into a Bus......Hmmmm..this remind me of the past years in Sri lanka . That is how they killed some of our government ministers and Army intelligence and officers. Al queda and LTTE have talked same language after all.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    As for justification in Iraq, ask the people of Iraq. Saddam, his henchmen and his punk butt sons are where they should be. In Afghanistan there were the Taliban that had ruled the country which harbored al Qaeda and after 9/11 we told the world that we would get those who destroyed the World Trade Center and anyone that harbors them. We got proof that bin Laden and al Qaeda was responsible and that Mullah Omar and the Taliban were harboring them in Afghanistan. That is justification! Now if Omar, bin Laden and al Zawahiri would give themselves up and face the charges then the war would be over, IF the Taliban would lay down their arms and join in on the peace process.

    January 14, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      People in Iraq, especially christians are on the run, as AlQaeda entered in Iraq with the US war. Saddam granted some stability and protected christians.

      January 14, 2011 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Quite true,salerno. In fact,Al Qaeda didn't even go into Iraq until 2004,a year after the U.S.led invasion and then at the invitation of the Sunni insurgeants!

        January 17, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Just because 62% of Iraqis are Shiite does not mean al Sadr would get all their votes. There have been international observers at Iraq's elections and no fraud was ever found!

    January 14, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Willie 12345

      That's because the international observers were paid off by the C.I.A. not to find any irregularities. Those elections were most probably as phoney as a $3 bill! They were staged to make our invasion look legitimate and gain public support!

      January 14, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        I doubt that very much. There would have been protests held throughout the south in Iraq and eastern Baghdad. The Shiites within the parliament most likely would have caused the ruling party to fall, but agreed with election results and hold the VP position and again are happy with the positions they hold. So quit talking your bull crap theories about how bad America is, phony boy!

        January 14, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. salerno

    There is no justification for US invasion in Iraq or Afghanistan. It is just a waste of lives and money.

    January 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Freedom is a good thing, but US went to Afghanistan to capture Bin Laden. It is comical how they changed the motivation after their failure. There are a number of countries where frrdom is wanted like Pakistan, Arabia, Nigeria, Sudan, Congo, Yemen.
      Best wishes !

      January 14, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Gary Afghanistan is not ruled by any foreign nation nor was Iraq. We just fought insurgents while the population voted in elections for officials in parliament and a national election for president. We never occupied or ruled Iraq or Afghanistan!

    January 13, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Sorry folks,I never posted the above. Of course Iraq is still under American rule as we control their electorial process. For example,Moqtada al Sadr can get as much as 60% of the votes and still lose the election simply because he won't take orders from Washington D.C. and 62% of the Iraqis are Shiite Muslims.

      January 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Phony boy I'd bet that you are Muslim. And probably in some internet cafe or something like that.

        January 14, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |

    Compare each passing year with the last ten years and see where it will lead in future but it is quite clear that it will keep on adding to the human catastrophe on both sides in this war on terror. USA will be the main loser as they have something to loose while their opponents have already lost during last three decades wars in this region, what they had.

    January 13, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      Bangash ....what is the solution? We cant unleash mad dogs to run everywhere and bite again. These people will plan to attack again if keep them free. No question . War is not good. Yet what will happen if you release a mad dog. Al queda has no mercy on anyone . They never come to any agreement. extremists want to blast and die with others.

      January 17, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gary Johndro

    This is not good. How can this take place and why don't the Afghans just knuckle under? And why can't they accept foreign rule the way Iraq did??? Gee whiz!

    January 12, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      The Afghan are taugh and used to fight. On the other side even in Iraq the situation is not quiet. There are a lot of attacks against police and christians.

      January 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |