August 18, 2011 by staff
Bomb Afghanistan, Bomb attacks killed 25 people in Afghanistan on Thursday, tearing through a minibus full of civilians and the selection of a US-run base in the eastern border with Pakistan, officials said.
The attacks on opposite ends of the country, stressed the pernicious form Taliban-led insurgents have become the struggle to overthrow the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai and drive out to 140,000 foreign-led troops.
Women and children among the victims when a bomb destroyed a minibus in the western province of Herat, killing 22 civilians, the provincial government.
The bus was traveling between the Obe district and the provincial capital, the city of Herat, a spokesman for the local administration, Moheyddin Noori, told AFP.
In a second blast in the same area a woman died and seven men were injured when their vehicle collided with a roadside bomb, Noori said.
“In total there are 23 dead and seven injured,” Noori said, speaking at the hospital in the city of Herat.
Local government spokesman blamed the attack on “armed opposition groups” – a reference to Taliban insurgents, who have been fighting to regain power since the 2001 US-led invasion ousted their government in Kabul.
IEDs, built with old munitions, have been the preferred weapon of the Taliban and other insurgents for nearly 10 years.
However, the devices wrong often kill civilians traveling on dirt roads between villages and Afghan cities.
Military officials say the makeshift bombs, also known as IEDs (improvised explosive devices-) are the chief murderer of the troops of the United States-led force deployed in Afghanistan NATO and Afghan local security forces.
The explosion of Herat followed a suicide car bomb at a US-run base in the eastern province of Paktia, in which two Afghan guards were killed.
While the west of Afghanistan is considered relatively safe, this has been a flashpoint of violence, which Western officials say is powered by rear bases operated by the Taliban and other Islamist networks in Pakistan.
“The bomber was in a vehicle. He tried to enter the base (but) the guards would not let him. I was frustrated and detonated at the door very, very first,” said a spokesman for the coalition.
“Two hired Afghan guards were killed,” the spokesman told AFP.
The police chief of Paktia province told AFP three people, two guards hired and a border police officer at a nearby police base, had been wounded.
The police chief, Abdul Ghafar Sapai, told AFP that the distance between the first barrier, where the truck bomb exploded and the door was more than 100 meters (300 feet).
The base is home to small groups of soldiers and civilian experts who are trying to help rebuild the country devastated by war and security. The groups are known as Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) and allocated across Afghanistan.
PRTs are run by several Western nations, as part of the US-led NATO mission ISAF in Afghanistan. The Gardez PRT is run by the United States.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Gardez, the capital of eastern Paktia province.
Zabihullah Mujahed Taliban spokesman contacted AFP from an undisclosed location by telephone, saying that dozens of U.S. soldiers and Afghan were killed and wounded.
The Taliban are known for making exaggerated claims, sometimes false, when it comes to deaths in their attacks.
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