Children playing cricket among dead in Afghanistan attacks

2015-03-24 20:39

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Kabul - At least 25 people, mostly civilians and including six children playing cricket, were killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.

A group of gunmen opened fire on a bus in the eastern province of Wardak, killing 13 passengers.

"The bus heading from Kabul to Ghazni province came under fire in the early morning in Sayedabad district," said provincial spokesperson Ataullah Khogyani.

Khogyani said most of the victims were men, adding that two others injured. "The motive of the shooting is not clear yet, but the victims are from different ethnicities," he said.

Another official said on condition of anonymity that the shooters were Taliban fighters. "They shot the bus after the driver did not stop for them," the official said.

The Taliban has not commented on the shooting.

Bicycle attack

In the adjacent province of Ghazni, six children playing cricket were killed when the explosives put on a bicycle went off near their playground.

Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy provincial governor, said the incident took place late on Monday in the city of Ghazni. Nine other children were wounded, he said.

Four men were killed after gunmen opened fire on their car in the Aab Band district, while two soldiers died in a roadside bombing in the Khwaja Omari district, Ahmadi said.

Attacks on both civilians and security forces have recently intensified ahead of the Taliban's spring offensive that usually begins in April or May when the weather gets warmer.

Afghan security forces are fighting the insurgency this year without the help of the international troops, who ended their combat mission last year.

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