Afghanistan: Up to 15 suicide bombers kill dozens of civilians

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The Independent Online

A wave of suicide attacks killed at least 46 people in a bloody day for Afghanistan yesterday, with as many as 15 bombers striking in provinces in the south-west and north of the country.

Fourteen of those bombers were involved in explosions that killed 36 people in the south-western province of Nimroz, which has been largely peaceful in recent years. Not all of the attackers succeeded in detonating their bombs.

Elsewhere, a motorcycle bomber struck in the early evening in the northern province of Kunduz as shoppers were rushing home for the meal ending the daily fast for Ramadan.

In Nimroz, where 110 people were wounded, the head of the provincial health department, Noor Ahmad Shirzada, said most of the dead and injured were civilians.