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Suicide attack in Wardak kills many civilians

September 1, 2012

This story breaking this morning.  I’ll have a look and think about impact/implications in slower time:

Deadly suicide blasts near Nato Afghan base in Wardak

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A twin suicide bombing near a Nato base in central Afghanistan has killed at least nine civilians and four policemen, officials say.

The attack, in Wardak province, destroyed much of a local bazaar, eyewitnesses say.

The first attack was carried out by a militant on foot; then an explosives-laden lorry was detonated.

There are fears of a surge in violence when foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014.

‘Massive’ blast

The first suicide bomber targeted a compound housing the local governor’s office in the district of Saidabad, officials say.

A truck bomb explosion then followed on a road separating the compound from the Nato base, destroying a number of shops and houses.

“A suicide bomber on foot detonated near the gate of the base in Saidabad, Wardak province, opening the way for a truck suicide bombing that followed him,” provincial spokesman Shahiddullah Shahid said.

At least 47 people were wounded in the two attacks. No staff from the Nato base were killed, but two were injured, Mr Shahid said.

He described the truck-bombing as “massive”.

Most of those injured were admitted to local hospitals, while at least 10 people with “serious injuries” were taken to Kabul, provincial public health director Ghulam Farouq Mukhlis told AFP.

The Taliban said in a message to AFP that they had carried out the attack.

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  1. September 1, 2012 12:18 pm

    Tim, this is sickening. The people of Afghanistan have suffered so much, and yet there is no letup. I visited Wardak Province several times, commuting (with an Afghan driver) from an expat compound in downtown Kabul. My short-term job was to evaluate the management structure and function of the two hospitals to which, I imagine, some of the victims of this blast were sent. I have insufficient grounding and experience to comment on what ‘ought to be’ in Afghanistan, but picturing the horror of this incident revives my fellow feelings for these long suffering people. And, by the way, I am breaching no professional confidence by saying that I was favorably impressed with the leaders of the hospitals I visited there.

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