April 19th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Official: Donkey cart explodes at police post, killing 3 children

[Updated, 4:26 p.m.] Officials now say at least three people were killed in the blast. Four others were wounded, officials said.

Zalmai Ayoubi, spokesman for the Kandahar government, said three children were killed by the blast, and two police and two civilians were slightly wounded.

A spokesman for the Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the bombing, said 11 people were killed in the explosion. 

"Today's donkey cart bomb explosion was on foreign forces, which killed 11 foreigners and four were injured," Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said. 

Ahmadi said the bombing was in response to the planned U.S.-led offensive to oust Taliban fighters from the volatile Kandahar region this summer. 

"Our message in this is to tell them we are present here and now we are showing our power, too," Ahmadi said. 

[Published, 11:46 a.m.] 

A donkey covered with explosives and carrying a remote control detonator blew up at a police post Monday in the city of Kandahar, killing a boy and wounding four other people, officials said.

Zalmai Ayoubi, spokesman for the Kandahar government, said a young boy was killed by the blast and two police and two civilians were slightly injured.

The attack took place at the Fazladding Agha escort post of the Afghan National Police in Kandahar, said Mohammad Shah Khan, assistant police chief.

April 6th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

Man loses 5 family members in disputed NATO raid

KABUL, Afghanistan - A celebration of life turned to tears and blood on a cold February night when a NATO raid now under investigation robbed Mohammed Sabir of five family members.

Sabir, who lives in the small village of Khataba in eastern Afghanistan, said his family threw a party on February 12, welcoming his infant nephew to the world. Among the guests were his brothers Mohammad Daoud - the new baby's father and a criminal investigator from a nearby district - and Mohammad Zahir, a prosecutor, Sabir told CNN by telephone Tuesday.

The night was filled with music and laughter, he said, and the party lasted well into the early morning hours.

As the party began to wane, one of Sabir's brothers made a startling discovery. FULL POST