Deadly blast targets foreign troops in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber killed two foreign troops and two Afghan civilians in a bazaar outside a NATO base in southeastern Afghanistan.

Deadly blast targets foreign troops in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber killed two foreign troops and two Afghan civilians in a bazaar outside a NATO base in southeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, and wounded nearly 20 others, NATO said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast in Gardez district of Paktia province, near the Pakistan border, according to Reuters news agency.

Major S. Justin Platt, spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Paktia confirmed there had been several casualties.

"There were two ISAF soldiers killed and six wounded," Platt told Reuters by phone from the region.

ISAF officials in Kabul confirmed it was a suicide blast.

The explosion happened as a group of foreign and Afghan soldiers were shopping, a military source in Kabul told Reuters, adding at least four Afghan troops were also wounded.

"Two (Afghan) shop keepers were killed. Eighteen other people ... were wounded," Rohullah Samoon, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said by phone.

The Taliban spokesman said 19 local and foreign soldiers were killed in the attack.

There are some 150,000 foreign troops occupying the country.


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