Bomber kills two NATO troops as Afghan violence spikes
14 October, 2012
KANDAHAR: A suicide attack and bomb blasts killed at least nine people in Afghanistan, including two coalition forces members in southern Kandahar province, ISAF and local officials said on Saturday.
A suicide bomber targeted a group of foreign soldiers and Afghan intelligence agents in Maruf district of Kandahar province, killing two coalition members and four agents, officials said.
Earlier a roadside bomb ripped through a police vehicle in Qalat, the capital of neighbouring Zabul province, killing two policemen and wounding three others, officials told AFP.
Violence has recently spiked in southern Afghanistan, with Taliban increasing their attacks on Afghan and NATO-led forces. The attacks also regularly take a toll on Afghan civilians.
A 12-year-old boy was killed and 10-year-old girl injured after stepping on a bomb in Kajaki district of volatile Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on Friday, the provincial governor's office said in a statement.
The children were grazing their sheep in the area, it said.
The statement blamed 'armed insurgents', a term used by Afghan officials to refer to the Taliban, for the casualties. ISAF said the suicide blast in Kandahar province also injured several coalition civilian members and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
"ISAF can confirm that one coalition forces service member and one coalition forces civilian, along with several ANSF service members, died on Saturday in southern Afghanistan," ISAF spokesman Adam Wojack told AFP.
"The injured personnel were evacuated to ISAF medical facilities for treatment," he said.
The attacker was on foot and detonated his explosives-filled vest at a checkpoint close to an office of NDS, the Afghan Intelligence Agency, according to Kandahar Provincial Spokesman Jawed Faisal.
"The blast killed four NDS agents and injured three others. There were some casualties among foreigners too," he said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to their spokesman Qari Yousif Ahmadi, saying the attack killed six foreigners and several Afghan security forces.