Suicide bomber targets German troops in Afghan province

Other News Materials 6 July 2008 15:07 (UTC +04:00)

A suicide bomber who targeted German troops based in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province injured three schoolgirls, an official said Sunday.

Abdul Rahman Aaqtash, a senior provincial police official, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that "a suicide bomber targeted a German Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Dubandi area of Chahardara district, injuring only three schoolgirls."

No German troops were reported injured in the incident and the condition of the girls was not said to be life-threatening, Aaqtash said.

Meanwhile, the Afghan Defence Ministry said it caused more than 20 militant casualties during a clash in the Baila and Nanglam area in eastern Kunar province.

"The militants were travelling in two vehicles when they were attacked by Afghan troops supported by NATO airstrikes," it said.

The US military claimed to have killed an unspecified number of insurgents Sunday in eastern Nangarhar province.

"Intelligence revealed a large group of militants operating in Deh Bala District. Coalition forces identified the militants in a mountainous region and used precision airstrikes to kill them," the US statement said according to dpa.