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2 dead, 4 wounded in Panjsher suicide attack

2 dead, 4 wounded in Panjsher suicide attack

Oct 15, 2011 - 09:00

BAZARAK (PAN): Two civilians were killed and four others, including a foreigner, injured in a predawn suicide bombing in central Panjsher province, an official said on Saturday.

The explosion occurred at the gate of the US Provincial Reconstructioninfo-icon Team (PRT) compound in Anaba district at 5:15am, Panjsher Governor Kiramuddin Kiram told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Two civilians – a tanker driver carrying fuel for NATOinfo-icon-led troops and a visiting university student – were killed and four others including a foreign soldier injured, Kiram said, adding an investigation was underway to ascertain how the attackers managed to pass through security checkpoints.

Initial reports suggested the suicide attacker, who was shot dead by US soldiers inside the compound, was Chechen national, he said, without giving the exact number of the assailants.

However, district chief Ghulam Hussain Gheyasi said four suicide bombers stormed the PRTinfo-icon office in the Dashtak area. The first attacker blew himself up at the entrance, allowing three others to engage with PRT guards.

Two of the assailants were killed in the ensuing firefight, he explained, saying a third managed to gain entry to the office, but was soon shot dead by security forces.

Two tanker drivers carrying fuel for the NATO-led ISAFinfo-icon troops were killed, he concluded, without giving any information about the wounded people. PRT officials have not yet commented on the incident.

The Talibaninfo-icon claimed responsibility for the attack, with their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying several suicide attackers entered the PRT complex in the Langar Khan area of Rokha district.

A suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden vehicle at the gate, inflicting casualties on foreign soldiers, Mujahid said, adding the remaining four assailants entered the office.

Forty-three US troops suffered casualties in the explosion and firefight, he concluded.



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