At least 3 killed in suicide bombing in Kabul

July 18, 2010 15:40

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bombing near a market in the Afghan capital killed three civilians and wounded dozens Sunday, two days before an international conference hosting representatives from about 60 nations, government officials said.

Eleven other people were killed in insurgent attacks elsewhere across the nation, according to reports Sunday, as the Taliban meet the arrival of thousands more American troops this year with a rising tide of violence.

The Kabul bomber was on foot near a busy market in the city's eastern residential district of Macrorayan and his target was unclear, police official Abdul Ghafor Sayedzada said.

Hospitals reported three civilians killed, including a child, public health official Kabir Amiri said. Health ministry spokesman Ghulam Sakhi Kargar said about 40 people were wounded.

University student Tamim Ahmad said he saw a man on foot run up to a passing convoy of international troops and detonate an explosives-laden vest. Other witnesses said they saw a convoy passing around the time of the attack, but couldn't say if it was the target.

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