Afghan police shoot two bombers; two NATO soldiers killed in blast
Afghan police killed two would-be suicide bombers Wednesday after they attacked an aid organization while two NATO soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, officials said.
One of the bombers, who were wearing suicide vests and carrying weapons, detonated his explosives outside the aid group in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of the southern province of Helmand, said Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, DPA reported.
The Afghan Interior Ministry said the bombers, who were disguised in traditional women's clothing, were both shot dead by Afghan police who were protecting the office of the US-funded Association for Rural Development.
"No one was hurt in the incident," a ministry statement said. "The two suicide bombers were the only victims."
Meanwhile, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Wednesday that two of its soldiers were killed Tuesday in the roadside explosion in the volatile south but did not reveal their nationalities or give details about the blast.
Most of the foreign soldiers stationed in the southern provinces are from the United States, Canada, Britain and the Netherlands.
A total of 125 international troops have so far been killed in Afghanistan this year, according to ICasualties.org, an independent website that tracks military fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The attacks came after at least five suicide bombers on Saturday night attacked different parts of Kandahar, the capital of the southern province of Kandahar, killing 40 people and wounding more than 60.
The Taliban rely heavily on suicide and roadside attacks as part of their campaign against the Afghan government and the 120,000 international troops in the country.