2 US soldiers were killed last night as their vehicle was hit in Kabul by a bomb attack. At the same time, another bomb targeted local police commander and led to his death, together with other victims.
According to Sediq Sediggi, Interior Ministry spokesman, about the attack on the US soldiers:
“It was a magnetic bomb. It was either attached to the vehicle belonging to the foreigners or was planted and detonated remotely.”
According to a security source, the 2 victims were US soldiers and another source highlighted that over 3 civilians also died in the attack.
At the same time, a suicide bomber with explosives under his clothes walked into a volleyball venue in eastern Afghanistan where he detonated the bomb, targeting a police commander.
The attack took place in the Paktika province and led to over 50 people dead, including the police commander. One of the volleyball players that participate din the game, Ghazi Khan, declared:
“Around 500 people had gathered there to watch the game. A local police comander and his men also came an hour later. Soon after they arrived the suicide bomber came and detonated his explosives attached to his body. The police commander was the target.”
Taliban attacks have been increasing in 2014 as Afghanistan combat operations and foreign troops move out of the country. Now, frequent attacks are carried out against international targets, security forces and government officials.
Attacks against civilians are rare. The Sunday high civilian death toll registered after the attack took many by surprised. Most of the deaths were spectators of the volleyball game.
Local security forces seem weak in front of the highly aggressive Taliban insurgency. A wounded local resident, Mohammad Khan, declared:
“There was no security at the tournament from the beginning. And bombers usually do not target local civilians unless there are some high-profile government or police officials among them.”