Afghanistan: 12 children killed in suicide-bomb attack
Friday 29 July 2011
Suicide bombers killed at least 19 people, 12 of them children, in an attack yesterday on government buildings in southern Afghanistan, the latest blow to a fragile region that has been destabilised by a string of assassinations.
The attack in Uruzgan province also wounded 35 civilians, provincial officials said, and was the deadliest in the south in nearly six months.
It began when two remote-controlled car bombs exploded in front of the provincial Governor's compound and near the offices for the regional state television channel, Uruzgan TV. Up to six suicide bombers then stormed the Governor's compound and the police chief's compound in Tirin Kot, capital of Uruzgan, the Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.
Three bombers detonated their explosives while the remaining attackers were locked in a gunfight with police inside the compounds.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes the day after the killing of the Mayor of Kandahar and the same month as the assassination of President Hamid Karzai's half-brother, considered the most powerful man in the south.
Most of the dead were civilians, among them 12 children between the ages of five and 13 who were waiting with their families for national-identity numbers required to enroll in government schools. A reporter who worked for an Afghan news agency and the BBC was also killed.
- 1 Al Pacino on suffering from depression: 'It can last and it's terrifying'
- 2 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Perez Hilton apologises for publishing Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
Jennifer Lawrence 'nude photo hacker' claims there are hundreds more celebrity images to be published
Victoria Justice on naked photo leak: 'Let me nip this in the bud right now – pun intended'
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
Ariana Grande nude photos leak: Pictures are completely fake, say singer's representatives
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
£30000 - £35000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organ...
£35000 - £38000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glob...
£50 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: Are you a Teaching Assistant...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Plymouth: Randstad Education Ltd are seeking KS...