Thursday, January 19, 2012

Peace-Loving Taliban kill 20, including 2 children, near airfield used by U.S.-led coalition

From McClatchy:
At least 20 people have been killed in suicide attacks in southern Afghanistan, authorities said Thursday, including seven civilians who died when a bomber blew himself up near an airport used by the U.S.-led coalition.... The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The [peace-seeking] insurgents said the target was a convoy of foreign nationals who were leaving the airfield, which is one of the largest bases used by the NATO coalition. Many civilians use the busy entrance as well, however. An additional eight civilians, including a woman and two children, were reported wounded... The attack came a day after a blast in neighboring Helmand province targeted a bazaar in the Kajaki district, killing and wounding dozens of civilians. [There were actually 2 attacks on Wednesday.]