Afghanistan Suicide Blast Targeting NATO Patrol Kills 2 Troops, 1 Cop, 10 School Kids

By: AP/CBS, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: AP/CBS, Posted by Chris Fisher

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- A suicide bomber killed at least 10 school pupils, an Afghan policeman, and two international troops on Monday outside a market in the country's east.

Gen. Zelmia Oryakhail, provincial police chief of Paktia province, told CBS News' Mukhtar Ahmad the attacker targeted a joint U.S. military and Afghan Local Police (ALP) patrol.

The U.S.-led International Assistance Force - Afghanistan (ISAF) confirmed to CBS News' Mukhtar Ahmad that two troops had been killed in the blast, but their nationalities were withheld, pending notification of family members.

U.S. troops train Afghan police to fight the Taliban Oryakhail said the bomber was on a motorbike and detonated his explosives Monday outside a market in the Samkani district as American troops and ALP forces passed.

He told the Associated Press that a local school had just let students out for lunch.

He said 16 other students, and 10 ALP members were wounded. He did not give the ages of the children involved in the incident.


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