Kabul bombing kills at least 11, mine kills 6 kids in north


KABUL Afghanistan. (AP) – A suicide bombing attack in the capital Kabul killed at least 11 people and a roadside mine exploded in northern Balkh province killing six shepherd children, Afghan officials said Thursday.

Mohammad Sabir Nasib, director of Istiqlal Hospital, said 11 people were killed and 20 wounded including women and children in the Kabul attack.

Najib Danish, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, called it a suicide attack and confirmed there were casualties.

Separately, Dawlat Abad District Gov. Mohammad Karim said a powerful mine killed six shepherd children ranging in age from 8 to 10 on Wednesday.

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack but Karim blamed the Taliban, saying the insurgents planted the mine to target Afghan officials and security forces.

Afghanistan has the highest number of mine victims in the world, which along with other roadside bombs, kill or wound an estimated 140 people every month.

Elsewhere, a Taliban attack on a security police post in central Ghazni province Wednesday night left three police dead and one other wounded, said Mohammad Zaman, provincial chief of police.