Sunday, November 23, 2014

At Least 14 Killed, 35 Wounded in Afghan Attack; Believed US-Afghan Defense Pact Caused Bombing

At least 14 people were killed and 35 wounded today (November 23, 2014) in a suicide bomb attack at a volleyball ground in Paktika province of Afghanistan, according to the Big News Network website.

"Army rescue teams evacuated 14 bodies and 35 injured people were sent to military and government hospitals," an army source said.

Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi, deputy minister of Interior affairs, said that 10 people were killed and 30 others were injured. But unofficial sources put the number of casualties as high as 50 killed and 60 injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack may have been sparked by the Afghan parliament endorsing a security and defense agreement with the United States and a similar pact with NATO earlier in the day.

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