Triple suicide bombings kill 18 in Afghanistan (Lead)

September 18th, 2012 - 11:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, Sep 18 (IANS) Three suicide bombings rocked three places in Afghanistan, including the capital Kabul, killing at least 18 people, including eight South Africans and three attackers.

The other attacks took place in Gereshk district in the southern Helmand province, a former stronghold of the Taliban, and in the eastern Kunar province, Xinhua reported.

In the first attack at 6.45 a.m. in the fortified capital city, at least 12 people including eight South African nationals were killed, when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a bus carrying foreign staffers of a local company.

In Gereshk, two people, including an Afghan soldier, were killed and five other soldiers were injured.

A terrorist driving an explosives-packed car blew himself up near a military base in Haiderabad area of Gereshk district at 4.30 p.m., an army officer said.

In Kunar’s Watapor district, a man with an explosive device strapped to his body blew himself up near an under-construction bridge, where several people were gathered.

One civilian was killed and two others were injured.

In a statement released by his office, Afghan President Hamid Karzai blamed the “enemies of peace” for the attacks.

“The enemies of peace and stability are behind the coward terrorist attacks in Kabul this morning that killed 12 people including eight South African nationals, one from Kirghizstan and three civilians,” he said.

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