Suicide bomber kills 12 in Afghanistan

May 15th, 2008 - 3:42 pm ICT by admin  

Kabul, May 15 (DPA) A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of police vehicles in south-western Afghanistan Thursday morning, killing 12 and wounding 26, a police official said. “The attack was carried out by a woman wearing burqa,” Ali Khan Hussainzada, chief of the criminal department of police forces in western the zone, told DPA.

“Five policemen and seven civilians were killed and 26 others, including 16 civilians and 10 police forces, were wounded in this attack,” Hussainzada said.

The attack took place in the main market of Del Aram district in Farah province, which is close to the border with Iran.

Taliban militants claimed responsibility for Thursday’s deadly attack and said that one of their male fighters by the name of Khlid, carried out the attack.

With Taliban and Afghan police officials giving contradictory information regarding the identity of the bomber, it was not clear if the bomber was a woman, or a man wearing Afghan women’s clothes.

Taliban militants in the past have carried out hundreds of such attack since the ouster of their regime in late 2001.

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