Thursday Aug 22, 201310:43 PM GMT
Bomb attack kills child, injures 15 in western Afghanistan
Afghan security personnel inspect the wreckage of vehicles at the site of a roadside bomb attack in Jalalabad on August 4, 2013.
Afghan security personnel inspect the wreckage of vehicles at the site of a roadside bomb attack in Jalalabad on August 4, 2013.
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:39PM
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An Afghan child has been killed and 15 people, including four members of the security forces, injured in a bomb attack in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah.


On Thursday, an explosives-laden motorcycle detonated near a vehicle carrying the provincial commander of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the city of Farah.

NDS chief Abdul Samada, who survived the attack unharmed, was travelling towards his office when the attack took place.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far but the Taliban are usually blamed for such attacks in Afghanistan.

According to a recent report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), war-related civilian casualties in the country increased by 23 percent in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

US-led foreign forces have also killed thousands of people, including many civilians, in airstrikes and night raids since they invaded the country in 2001.

The United States and its allies entered the war in Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but after more than 11 years, the foreign troops have still not been able to establish security in the country.

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