Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dozens of civilians die in bloody day in Afghanistan

Dozens of civilians died in a bloody day across Afghanistan as a twin suicide bombing ripped through a crowded makeshift bazaar and a NATO air strike hit a home, officials said.

Two NATO soldiers were also killed in a helicopter crash, the cause of which was under investigation, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

Twenty-three people were killed and 50 others were wounded in the suicide attacks in a car park crammed with vehicles supplying the largest NATO base in southern Afghanistan, police said.

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck first and as a crowd gathered to help the victims, a second bomber walked into their midst and set off explosives strapped to his body, Kandahar provincial police chief General Abdul Raziq said.

"All casualties are civilians - not a single military person," he said.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the bombing, saying on their website that "several dozen of the foreign terrorist forces and their puppets were killed Wednesday in a martyrdom attack". Read More