Suicide bomber targets US military, kills Afghan civilian
A suicide bomber who attacked a US military convoy in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday killed an Afghan civilian and injured 15 others, but caused no injuries among the soldiers, officials said, DPA reported.
The suicide bomber targeted the NATO convoy in Mostofeyat, an area in the centre of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
"One civilian was killed and 15 other civilians were injured in the blast," Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told the German Press Agency dpa.
Six people received light injuries and have already been treated, the remaining nine suffered severe injuries and remain hospitalized, he said.
Abdulzai said there were no casualties among the US military forces, but one of the vehicles in the convoy was damaged. He also said that the authorities were investigating whether the blast was triggered by a roadside mine or a bomber.
No group claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Taliban militants rely heavily on use of roadside and suicide attacks as part of their eight-year-war against the Afghan government and more than 120,000 NATO-led forces currently based in Afghanistan.