Bride, groom among 13 killed in Afghan blast | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, August 03, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 03, 2008

Bride, groom among 13 killed in Afghan blast

A suspected rebel bomb struck a minibus carrying a newly married couple in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing the bride and groom and 11 wedding guests, police said.
Police chiefs blamed the bombing in the southern province of Kandahar on "enemies of Afghanistan", a reference to Taliban militants involved in an insurgency launched after they were removed from government in 2001.
The blast killed eight women, including the bride, as well as two children and three men, one of them the groom, Spin Boldak border police commander Abdul Raziq told AFP.
The Kandahar police chief, Mutiullah Khan, had earlier said 10 people including the newly married couple were killed in blast in Spin Boldak, which is near the Pakistan border.
"A roadside bomb exploded under a minibus carrying a bride and groom. Ten people including the bride and the groom were martyred," Kandahar province police chief Mutiullah Khan told AFP.
Six other people, including women and children, were wounded in the blast, both officials said.
"The bomb was planted to target security forces," Khan said.
It was similar to a wave of bombing by Islamic Taliban-led insurgents who are battling the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai.
The rebels claim that their attacks are targeted at Afghan and international troops, but they usually kill more civilians.
Earlier bomb blasts killed five Nato soldiers in Afghanistan on Friday, the alliance force said, in the latest in a surge of extremist attacks that have raised alarm about deteriorating security.
Meanwhile, three Taliban militants were killed when a roadside bomb they were planting exploded prematurely in eastern Afghanistan, and militants kidnapped a district chief in the same region, officials said Saturday.
Five Afghan policemen were also killed in an overnight bomb attack that was similar to scores carried out by the hardline Taliban group waging an insurgency after being driven from government in 2001.
The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) did not release the nationalities of its soldiers killed in eastern provinces along the border with Pakistan, where extremist rebels are said to have sanctuary.
Four died with a civilian interpreter in the eastern province of Kunar, Isaf said in a statement that gave few details. Another died in a similar blast in Khost, it said separately.

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