Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Taliban Suicide Bombers Kill 7 on Two Mil. Buses; Attacks Sparked by New US-Afghan Security Pact

Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul today (October 1, 2014), killing seven people and wounding 21 -- just a day after the signing of a key US-Afghan security pact -- according to the New York Post website.

The long-awaited deal allows U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of 2014, ending the uncertainty over the fate of foreign troops supporting Afghans as they take over the fight against the Taliban insurgency.

Today's attacks involved two suicide bombers targeting buses carrying Afghan troops in the country's capital. The Taliban has claimed to be responsible for the attacks, saying they occurred because of the U.S.-Afghan security pact signed yesterday.

The first attacker hit a bus with Afghan National Army officers in west Kabul, killing seven and wounding 15, said the city's criminal investigation police chief, Mohammad Farid Afzali. The second attacker -- who was also on foot -- blew himself up in front of a bus in northeastern Kabul, wounding at least six army personnel, Afzali said.

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