Radio Australia, April 18, 2008
Suicide bomber kills 24 in Afghanistan
A suicide bomb exploded outside a mosque in Afghanistan overnight, killing 24 people.
A suicide bomb exploded outside a mosque in Afghanistan overnight, killing 24 people as worshippers were leaving after prayers.
Two senior police officers were among the dead and 34 people were also injured in the attack in Zaranj city, the capital of Nimroz province which borders Iran, according to provincial governor Ghulam Dastgir Azad.
"There was a suicide bombing in front of the city's mosque and at this time we have 24 people confirmed dead and 34 wounded, some seriously," he said, adding that most of those killed were civilians.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the explosion, which happened next to a market outside the mosque, but similar acts in the past have been blamed on Taliban militants.
Meanwhile, Afghan and international forces have killed 13 militants during operations in Ghazni province in southern Afghanistan.
The Interior Ministry says the operation was carried out in Ghazni province, on a highway linking the capital Kabul to southern Afghanistan.
It said the militants "were attacking passengers and supply convoys", adding that several other said two other rebels were wounded and some others captured.
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