Afghan suicide bombing wounds 12

Army bus the target as Taliban continue campaign against US-backed government.

    Suicide attacks are a key feature of the Taliban  insurgency  [AFP]
    Afghan soldiers and police and Nato-led forces cordoned off the site.

    The blast gouged a crater into the tarmac and damaged the bus.
     
    'Terrorist activities'

    Suicide attacks are a key feature of an insurgency started by the Taliban movement after it was driven from government in late 2001 by a US-led coalition. The US military said there were 139 last year.

    Meanwhile, on Monday, the defence ministry reported that its troops had killed two "enemy" in the southern Zabul province and seized weapons and motorbikes "used for terrorist activities".

    Commanders of the nearly 40,000 foreign troops trying to help the government gain control of the country expect more suicide attacks this year as they are easier than engaging troops in conventional battle.

    There have already been several, including one in the eastern city of Khost on January 23 that killed eight Afghan labourers queueing to enter a US base for work and two Afghan security guards.

    The European Union said on Monday it would contribute $775m in aid over the next four years, largely to bolster the judiciary in order to fight corruption.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.