Afghan suicide attacks kill dozens

2012-08-14 15:31

Herat - A group of suicide bombers killed up to 36 people in the capital of Afghanistan's southwestern Nimroz province on the border with Iran, officials said on Tuesday.

Various civilians were killed and 48 others wounded in Zaranj city. The deputy police chief said there were "heavy casualties".

"There were five suicide attackers," said Brahawi. "Two were gunned down by security forces, but the three others detonated themselves in three different locations including one near a hospital."

Deputy provincial police chief Mujibullah Latifi said there were six attackers, three of whom were killed by police and three others blew themselves up.

"There have been heavy casualties, the majority of them are civilians," he said.

Most of Nimroz, although bordering the strife-torn Helmand province, is usually quiet, particularly the capital Zaranj on the border with Iran.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but similar attacks are usually blamed on Taliban insurgents fighting to overthrow the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-14 16:13

    The ugly face of Islam: the devaluing of human life. This is a cry to all true Muslims to stand up and say no more, human life is valuable.

  • jerry.frey3 - 2012-08-14 23:36

    An bottomless pit of corruption and endless death. "Alexander the Great built stone fortresses in Afghanistan, but he did not tame the Afghans. No one ever has. They are a fractious people, as riven by ethnic and clan rivalries as their land is by its mountains, as renowned for bravery in battle as they are for treachery in their dealings with one another and outsiders. They have never known a genuine central government."

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