Female suicide bomber targets US forces, kills Afghan translator
A burqa-clad female bomber targeted a US military convoy in south-eastern Afghanistan province of Kunar on Saturday, killing an Afghan translator, the provincial governor said, dpa reported.
The suicide bomber, who had strapped explosives around her body, blew herself up near the convoy in Marwi district, Sayed Fazelullah Wahidi, the provincial governor for Kunar said.
"One Afghan man was killed and two others were injured. They were working as translators for the US forces," Wahidi told the German Press Agency. He said there were no casualties among the foreign forces.
Taliban took responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to media, saying that 12 US and Afghan forces were killed and two military tanks were destroyed.
The bombing was "carried out by an Afghan girl from Kunar," it said, adding that she detonated her suicide vest as the forces had parked their vehicle by the side of a road in the district.
Taliban-led insurgents rarely use Afghan women for suicide bombings, which are otherwise a common tactic for the militants against Afghan government and more than 140,000 US-led forces in the country.
Saturday attack came nearly a year after another female bomber attacked foreign forces in the Kunar province, killing two US soldiers and wounding two Afghan children.
That attack had marked the first bombing carried out by a woman in Afghanistan since the ouster of Taliban regime in late 2001.