Tribal elders, children among 18 killed
KABUL (PAN): Four tribal elders and three children were among 18 people killed over the 24 hours as a result of separate security incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Wednesday.
Seven bombers were blown up by their own explosives on Tuesday night when they were planting a roadside bomb in the Bisram area on the outskirts of Mehtarlam, the capital of Laghman province.
The governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News that four of the victims -- Multan, Jundullah, Hamza and Zargai -- were residents of city, but the rest were yet to be recognised.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed they had blown up two vehicles of security forces in the area, inflicting casualties on 12 soldiers.
In southern Helmand province, four tribal elders were killed as a result of a blast in Kajaki district, said the governor’s spokesman, Daud Ahmadi. Separately, three Taliban were detained in Sangin district and eight more in Greshk.
A would-be suicide bomber was shot dead by police before he could enter a local police centre in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province.
Three suspected militants were detained by Afghan soldiers during a patrol of the Bala Baluk district of Farah province, said the governor’s spokesman, Abdul Rahman Zhwandai.
Nine civilians were injured on Wednesday morning when militants opened fire and hurled hand grenades into a mosque in the Kundi area Khost City. The deputy police chief, Col. Mohammad Yaqub, said seven of the wounded were in critical condition.
But Taliban spokesman Mujahid said that they had attacked a base of foreign troops and inflicted casualties on them.
Meanwhile, three fighters were killed in an airstrike by ISAF forces on Tuesday evening when Taliban attacked their helicopter in the Musakhel district.
Three children of a family were killed and a fourth injured when a civilian tractor struck a roadside bomb in the Yousafkhel district of Paktika province, said the governor’s spokesman, Mukhlis Afghan.
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