Over a dozen people, including Afghan children, have been killed in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Paktia.
Our correspondent said ten school children died and more than two dozen others were injured in the bombing, where a convoy of foreign soldiers and Afghan police officers was targeted near a market in Samkani District on Monday. Two US-led foreign soldiers and an Afghan policeman were also reportedly among the victims of the bomb attack. There has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing, but the Taliban militants are usually blamed for such deadly incidents in Afghanistan. According to the website icasualties.org, a total of 71 US-led foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far in 2013. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country. In late April, the Taliban said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and foreign forces. According to a UN report released in February, more than 2,750 people were killed and over 4,800 were injured in conflict-related violence in Afghanistan in 2012.