Suicide squad kills 23 at road depot

A team of suicide bombers shot their way into the compound of a road construction company in eastern Afghanistan and detonated a lorry loaded with explosives, killing 23 people and wounding about 60.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which the Interior Ministry said occurred late on Sunday in the Barmal district of Paktika province. It said three attackers went up to the gate of the Zahir construction company, shot the guard, and then drove a large lorry that was full of explosives into the compound where it was detonated.