11 killed in Afghanistan blast
02 October, 2012
KABUL: At least 11 people, including three foreign troops and their translator when a blast ripped through in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.
Nato said an interpreter was among the dead. It has not confirmed the troops' nationalities. Local Afghan officials said the attacker waited until the troops left their vehicles before detonating his explosives. Several police were killed.
Another 60 people were injured. The number of dead may rise, officials say. The attack was on a coalition convoy passing through a crowded part of Khost, reports the BBC.
He says American troops serve in the area - although an announcement on the nationality of the soldiers is still awaited. Khost, like other parts of eastern Afghanistan, has seen a dramatic rise in violence.
The Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network regularly mount large-scale attacks and suicide bombings in the area.
The Taliban promptly claimed responsibility for the blast.