[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

At least 16 killed in Afghan suicide blast

10 civilians, four NATO soldiers and two policemen killed in suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan.

Last updated: 08 Jul 2014 08:58
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

At least four NATO soldiers, two policemen and 10 civilians have been killed in a suicide blast in eastern Afghanistan, police and security sources said. 

Women and children were among the dead and at least 14 people were also injured in Tuesday's attack, which the Taliban claimed responsibility for in a text message to the Reuters news agency.

An Afghan security source told Al Jazeera that the attack took place at a medical clinic in the province of Parwan near the Bagram Air Base.

NATO forces were reportedly investigating a rocket attack on Sunday that hit the base, our correspondent said.

ISAF, the NATO-led international force in the country, released a separate statement confirming that four of its troops were killed. 

The attack came a day after Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah's camp rejected preliminary results of last month's run-off election as a "coup" against the people, putting him on a dangerous collision course with his rival, Ashraf Ghani.

Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said the timing of the attack was particularly sensitive. 

"These kinds of attacks are very, very worrying especially at this very politically delicate time with the presidential election results very much in doubt," our correspondent said.   

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that any attempt to take power illegally following a disputed presidential election run-off would cost Afghanistan US support.

"I have noted reports of protests in Afghanistan and of suggestions of a 'parallel government' with the gravest concern," he said in a statement issued by the US embassy in Kabul.

"Any action to take power by extra-legal means will cost Afghanistan the financial and security support of the United States and the international community."

Security has been deteriorating in Afghanistan as most ISAF forces prepare to leave the country after 12 years of war against the Taliban.

301

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
In Vietnam, 40 percent of all pregnancies are terminated each year, a rate that health officials are hoping to reduce.
Ivory Coast tackles internet fraud scourge, but analysts say criminals continue to outsmart authorities.
In US study, MIT scientists changed the emotions linked to specific memories in mice.
The seizure of the Tabqa airbase highlights the Islamic State's consolidation of power in eastern Syria, analysts say.
Traditional spring festival blossoms outside India through fun runs, raves and TV commercials.
join our mailing list